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International Record Review, January 2014

Daniel Harding draws a potent account of the score from La Scala’s orchestra, the sound well captured… © 2014 International Record Review

Gregory Barnett
Opera News, June 2013

The fascination of Strauss’s Salome is how it interweaves strongly contrasting and seemingly incompatible themes—enticement and disgust, ecstacy and horror, youth and depravity. All of these paradoxes arise from Salome herself, who is so seductively beautiful as to make men mad with desire, but whose behavior is so pathologically perverse that she also horrifies them. In Luc Bondy’s production, Nadja Michael brings these qualities vividly to life in a performance of Salome…she does her own graceful and hypnotic dancing…

Throughout, the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala captures the many moods of Strauss’s score…

…the value of this recording lies in Michael’s performance, because she, better than most who take on the role of Salome, realizes Strauss’s conception of a “sixteen-year-old princess with the voice of an Isolde.” © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

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