Taking the title role in Richard Strauss’ “Salome” means plenty of risks for a singing actress. For one thing, she will find herself passionately kissing the severed head of John the Baptist before the curtain drops. If she has the right build and temperament, she’ll be naked on stage during the “Dance of the Seven Veils.” When not busy with that kind of stuff, she must deal with a horny stepfather, a love-sick officer, a dissolute mother, her own passion for an imprisoned prophet and a musical score that has her beaming high notes over a massive orchestra. (more)
From an article by Chris Waddington with the Times Picayune.