Opera in one act
Libretto by the composer after Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of Oscar Wilde's play of the same name
English translation of the German by Tom Hammond
'How fair the royal Princess Salome looks tonight'
Narraboth, Page, First Soldier, Second Soldier
'After me shall come another'
Jokanaan, Second Soldieer, First Soldier, Cappadocian, Naarraboth, Page
'I will not stay there. I cannot stay there'
Salome, Page, Jokanaan
'Who spoke then, who was that calling out?'
Salome, Second Soldier, Narraboth, Slave, First Soldier, Jokanaan, Page
'You will do this for me, Narraboth'
'Where is he, he, whose sins are now without number?'
Jokanaan, Salome, Narraboth
'He is terrible'
Salome, Narraboth, Jokanaan
'Jokanaan! I am in love with your pale flesh, Jokanaan!'
'I'm enamoured of your hair, Jokanaan'
'It's your mouth that I desire, Jokanaan'
Salome, Jokanaan, Narraboth
'Where is Salome?'
Herod, Herodias, First Soldier
'Salome, come drink wine with me'
Herod, Salome, Herodias
'See, the tiem is upon us'
Jokanaan, Herodias, Herod, Jews, First Nazarene
'Brothers, they day is near us, the day of the Lord'
Jokanaan, Herod, First Nazarene, First Jew, Second Nazarene, Herodias
'Men shall soon rebel against this dissolute woman'
Jokanaan, Herodias, Herod
'Dance for me, Salome'
Hrod, Herodias, Salome, Jokanaan
Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils
'Ah, heavenly! Wonderful, woonderful!'
Herod, Salome, Herodias
'Salome, just think what you're doing'
Herod, Salome, Jews
'Gie me the head of Jokanaan!'
Salome, Herod, Herodias
'I hear no noise from below there'
'Ah! You would not let me kiss your mouth, Jokanaan!'
'Your body was an ivory column'
'You have an evil monster for a daughter'
Herod, Herodias, Salome
Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils (concert version)
John Graham-Hall tenor - Herod Antipas
Sally Burgess mezzo-soprano - Herodias
Susan Bullock soprano - Salome
John Wegner baritone - Jokanaan
Andrew Rees tenor - Narraboth
Rebecca de Pont Davies mezzo-soprano - Herodias's page
Anton Rich tenor - First Jew
Wynne Evans tenor - Second Jew
Colin Judson tenor - Third Jew
Alasdair Elliott tenor - Fourth Jew
Jeremy White bass - Fifth Jew
Michael Druiett bass - First Nazarene
Robert Parry tenor - Second Nazarene
Graeme Broadbent bass - First Soldier
Alan Ewing bass - Second Soldier
Roger Begley bass - Cappadocian
Gerald Strainer tenor - Slave
Sir Charles Mackerras
16-18 and 20-22 December 2007