Jennifer Holloway stars in new production of "Salome" by Strauss at the Atlanta Opera for the 2020 season.
DATES & VENUE
Sat, Jan 25 at 8pm Tues, Jan 28 at 7:30pm Fri, Jan 31 at 8pm Sun, Feb 2 at 3pm
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Conductor: Arthur Fagen Director: Tomer Zvulun
Scenic and projections designer: Erhard Rom Lighting designer: Robert Wierzel Costume designer: Mattie Ullrich Choreographer: Amir Levy
Herod Antipas: Frank van Aken Herodias: Jennifer Larmore Salome: Jennifer Holloway Jochanaan: Nathan Berg Narraboth: Adam Diegel The Page of Herodias: Elizabeth Sarian* First Soldier: Mitch Gindlesperger Second Soldier: Isaac Kim* First Jew: Julius Ahn Second Jew: Brian Frutiger Third Jew: Isaac Kim* Fourth Jew: Justin Stolz** Fifth Jew: Alan Higgs** First Nazarene: Jonathan Bryan* Second Nazarene / Cappadocian / Slave: Philip Cokorinos
* member of The Atlanta Opera Studio ** alumnus of The Atlanta Opera Studio
The Atlanta Opera will launch the new year with a new mainstage production of Salome, Richard Strauss's still unsettling 1905 take on Oscar Wilde's twisted biblical tale of incest, seduction and power (Jan 25, 28, 31; Feb 2). A high point of Atlanta's 40th anniversary season, the opera receives an ambitious new staging from "innovative risk-taker" Tomer Zvulun (Opera News), the company's Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General & Artistic Director. Marking her U.S. title role debut, Georgia resident and "dark-hued, compelling mezzo-soprano" Jennifer Holloway (New York Times) reprises the headlining performance with which she has already wowed critics and audiences throughout Europe. Music Director Arthur Fagen, who launched his Atlanta Opera tenure in 2010, leads from the pit.
"Richard Strauss scored an unprecedented triumph when Salome premiered in Dresden in 1905. More than a century later, Salome still retains the power to shock, disgust and terrify us. Most importantly it has the power to fascinate and hook a modern audience as these themes of sex, death and the abuse of power are ever so relevant in our world. This is a brand new take on this masterpiece, conceived by a brilliant team of designers and starring some of the most preeminent performers of our time, including Jennifer Holloway, Nathan Berg and Jennifer Larmore. How will it play in Atlanta in 2020? I am truly excited to bring this profound masterpiece to our audience as a part of our 40th anniversary season."
The production represents a homecoming for Holloway, a University of Georgia alumna who returns to The Atlanta Opera after lending her "bright, focused, seemingly effortless sound and movie-star good looks" (ArtsATL) to Così fan tutte's Dorabella in the 2010-11 season. Since then, Holloway has made something of a signature role of Salome, triumphing as Strauss's anti-heroine at Germany's Semperoper Dresden, National Theater Mannheim and Leipzig Opera; Spain's Bilbao Opera; and England's Opera North, where she gave "an outstanding central performance." As the review by The Times of London continued:
"She catches all the complexities and conflicts of the Judean princess: at once a petulant spoilt child and a woman who mistakes lust and infatuation for love, weary of being leered at and objectified, and unable to interrogate her own destructive urges. ... Holloway's guttural demands for Jokanaan's head are pure revenge, sitting as happily in her voice as the floated high notes and ecstatic outpourings."