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Operatic Thriller "Salome" To Open The Strauss Festival

San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony and Opera San Antonio have teamed up for a production that debuts this week.

“It’s a wonderful, very compact, intense evening.”

San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing talking about Salome.

"We are very fortunate to have a fabulous cast, a wonderful set, great costumes, and of course, the wonderful San Antonio Symphony."

The Strauss Festival begins on Thursday, and in a very big way.

"For the orchestra it’s one of the best showpieces ever written. The role of Salome is one of the most challenging ones, so we are very fortunate that Patricia Racette agreed to do her first staged Salome."

The Tobin Center is marketing Salome as thrilling and shocking.

"The shocking, quite frankly, I don’t understand so much. If you feel shocked by certain things, you should not go to the Prado. Or the Louvre. Or any art museum.”

Lang-Lessing thinks too much is made of its more controversial aspects.

“For me it’s one of the greatest homage to Sigmund Freud that you can imagine. For a psychologist this must be a dream play because you have so many disorders.”

We’ve more on Salome here.