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Richard Strauss


1 h 45 min, No interval
11.10.2024 – 31.10.2024
Main Stage
Price range
21–126 €
German. Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Age recommendation
Good to know
The performance contains some scenes with sexual violence

The divine role of power

Based on a play by Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Salome is one of the most intense and powerful operas ever created. 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.

After Salome’s world premiere in 1905, Richard Strauss became an opera composer whose name was on everyone’s lips. In his electrifying revision, the masterful director Christof Loy now presents the classic work from a fresh perspective. This one-act opera captivates its audience with its unexpected elements and profound insights.

Salome returns to the Finnish National Opera’s repertoire in the autumn of 2024.

”This high standard, international and stylish production of Salome delightfully defies staid expectations.”

– Helsingin Sanomat

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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.

Full synopsis and other background information can be found in the programme leaflet.

creative team

Richard Strauss
Libretto after Oscar Wilde's play
Richard Strauss
German translation
Hedwig Lachmann
Hannu Lintu
Christof Loy
Johannes Leiacker
Robby Duiveman
Klevis Elmazaj
Lighting design
Olaf Winter


Daniel Brenna
Karin Lovelius
Nina Bezu
Mihails Čulpajevs
Tuomas Pursio
Herodia's page
Elli Vallinoja
1st Jew
2nd Jew
Lasse Penttinen
3rd Jew
Tuomas Miettola
4th Jew
Alexander Kravets
1st Nazarene
2nd Nazarene
Joel Forsström
1st soldier
Jouni Kokora
2nd soldier
Hannu Forsberg
A Cappadocian
Juha Pikkarainen
A Slave
Heikki Hattunen

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