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Salome 2018Opera North

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We are becoming accustomed to Opera North extending their touring to the north of Newcastle, at least as far as Edinburgh. However they have only reached north of the central belt once before, spending a week in Aberdeen in 2006. How refreshing then to encounter them giving a single Sunday matinee concert performance in the Perth Concert Hall. A Strauss opera has only been given on Tayside once before, when English Touring Opera presented Ariadne auf Naxos at the 2003 Perth Festival. Adventurous opera planning appears recently to have deserted the Festival, sadly, but here we have a single Scottish appearance of Salome during a tour that otherwise sticks to the company's home region.

Highly effective concert performances have recently been presented of the Ring Cycle and Turandot. Eight performances of Salome are being given altogether - three at Opera North's Leeds base are followed by stops at concert halls in Perth, Coventry, Gateshead, Liverpool and Hull. It is to be hoped that this is the fore-runner of more such events.

The cast is highly promising. Sir Richard Armstrong conducted two runs of this dramatic masterpiece during his years at Scottish Opera, but that was a long time ago. The prominent bass-baritone Robert Hayward appeared in the last of those, in 2000, but his powers are undiminished. Katarina Karnéus is a past winner of Cardiff Singer of the World with an illustrious career behind her, but is scarcely known in Scotland. Other principals are equally unfamiliar here.

Performance Cast

Narraboth a young Syrian, Captain of the Guard

Oliver Johnston

Page to Herodias

Heather Lowe

Jokanaan John the Baptist

Robert Hayward

Salome daughter of Herodias

Jennifer Holloway

Herod Antipas Tetrarch of Judaea

Arnold Bezuyen

Herodias wife of Herod

Katarina Karnéus

Performance DatesSalome 2018

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Perth Concert Hall | Perth

29 Apr, 15.00

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