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Total duration 1 h 50 min
no intermission
10 performances
18.3.2022 – 29.4.2022
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
20-129 €
Performed in german
Surtitles in finnish, swedish and english

The divine role of power

After Salome’s world premiere in 1905, Richard Strauss became an opera composer whose name was on everyone’s lips. Sensational in its time, Salome was received with both wonder and shock, thanks to its theme combining religion and eroticism and its groundbreaking musical language. The one act opera is one of the most powerful and intensive representations of the genre of all time.

Recommended for children over the age of 12.

Tickets on sale 31 August at noon.

Tickets & Performances

1 h 50 min
no intermission
10 performances
18.3.2022 – 29.4.2022
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
20-129 €
Performed in german
Surtitles in finnish, swedish and english
Fri 18.3.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 78.00 €
Tue 22.3.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 69.00 €
Sat 26.3.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Wed 30.3.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 17.00 €
Fri 1.4.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 69.00 €
Thu 7.4.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 69.00 €
Wed 20.4.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 69.00 €
Sat 23.4.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 69.00 €
Wed 27.4.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 17.00 €
Fri 29.4.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €

Synopsis

Herod is keeping the prophet Jochanaan imprisoned. When Herodias’s daughter Salome hears Jochanaan preach about the Son of Man, her curiosity is piqued and she is overcome by a strange emotion. Not long after, she wants Jochanaan brought to her. 

Exploiting Narraboth’s infatuation, Salome gets to meet Jochanaan. She is immediately charmed and her curiosity soon turns into lust. Salome eventually wants to kiss Jochanaan, but the prophet rejects her advances. 

Herod pleads Salome to dance. In return he promises her anything she wants. Salome agrees to perform the Dance of the Seven Veils and, once finished, reveals the reward of her choice: Jochanaan’s head on a silver platter. Herod is horrified by her request, but in the end Salome gets what she was promised.

You can read the full synopsis and other background information in the programme leaflet.

Creative team

Music
Richard Strauss
Conductor
Lawrence Renes
Director
Christof Loy
Sets
Johannes Leiacker
Costumes
Robby Duiveman
Choreography
Klevis Elmazaj
Lighting design
Olaf Winter

Cast

#Salome #FNOSalome

Christof Loy’s novel approach to the classic work

When director Christof Loy debuted at the Finnish National Opera with Tosca in 2018, his production was acclaimed by critics and the audience alike. Now the award-winning director has made an equally ravishing interpretation of Salome.

”Richard Strauss’s life and work reflect a special understanding and affinity for complex female characters. The opera is typical of its time in the way it explores sexual traumatas. Now, more than a hundred years later, it’s time to seek new angles to the story.

My aim was to set Salome free from the Lolita-like clichee of the girlish femme fatale of the fin de siècle, and to rather see in her a ‘dove that has strayed’, as Narraboth describes her. She takes us on a journey that questions gender and sexuality, initially dressed as a young man, maybe to protect herself, maybe in jest. Oscar Wilde meets Virginia Woolf.”

Listen to Salome

Complete the experience with refreshments

Refreshment sales start in Autumn

The Opera Restaurant is turning over a new leaf in Autumn 2021 with Food&Events Tapahtumaravintolat as our new catering partner. Refreshment sales for performances in the 2021–2022 season will start in August. You can order refreshments in advance in our online shop, the Opera&Ballet mobile app, or at our customer service point.

Guaranteed seats with a season ticket

Yet another reason to love your season ticket

A season ticket is for true opera and ballet fans. The season ticket guarantees you a seat for all our premieres, which amount to 7 in the 2021–22 season.  You will also enjoy a dedicated seat in the auditorium and eleven more substantial benefits.

There is a limited amount of season ticket packages on sale. Season ticket packages for season 2021–22 on sale 5 May at noon.  

Stay and enjoy

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Complete your experience by staying the night at a hotel. As a customer of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, you can enjoy the hospitality of Helsinki’s Radisson Blu Hotels at a special rate.

This treat-yourself-offer includes accommodation for two in the hotel of your choice in Helsinki, two glasses of sparkling wine upon arrival, and the hotel’s delicious Super Breakfast.

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