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This gripping production by Nikolaus Lehnhoff comes from Baden-Baden. Set in modern times with a car on stage, it is full of meaningful detail. Lehnhoff knows exactly when his singers need to move and when to be still, when to raise a hand or turn a head. What emerge very strongly are the various sexual undertones of the piece, while the portrayal of Salome by Angela Denoke is simply majestic. She sings magnificently and convincingly captures Salome’s obsession with Jochanaan (a powerful performance by Alan Held). There is a suitably shifty and obnoxious Herod from Kim Begley while Doris Soffel turns Herodias into a mother from hell. Conductor Stefan Soltesz gives a finely judged performance in the pit, while camera director Thomas Grimm directs with a sensitivity and awareness that takes the viewer to the heart of Lehnhoff’s vision of the opera. It is one of those performances from which you dare not look away.

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