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Arts > Biblical horror story: David McVicar's production of Salome

25 January 2018 | by Robert Thicknesse

Biblical horror story: David McVicar's production of Salome

 

Opera redeems the dead theatre of the past: who would remember the world-conquering Victorien Sardou if it weren’t for Tosca, the plays of Victor Hugo but for Rigoletto? And Oscar Wilde’s Salomé too: an 1891 piece of self-conscious decadence detailing (with absolute neutrality) incest, murder and necrophilia in the Herod family, presenting moral sickness as aesthetic spectacle; it was satisfactorily notorious and banned in many places, but is surely unperformable now. Richard Strauss rescues it …





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