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San Diego Opera Presents 'Salome'

Salome’s disturbing obsession with John the Baptist drives her to make a shocking request: the head of the Prophet as a reward for performing the sensuous Dance of the Seven Veils. Based on Oscar Wilde’s dramatic adaptation of the biblical story of Salome and her lecherous stepfather, the dysfunctional and dangerous court of King Herod is brought to searing life through Richard Strauss’ seductive music. This chillingly erotic story still has the power to shock audiences more than 100 years after its premiere. Salome, lost in her own world of wantonness and sensuality, will be sung by last season’s brilliant Turandot, Lise Lindstrom, with Greer Grimsley as the noble John the Baptist. Allan Glassman and debut artist, soprano Irina Mishura, round out the cast in this stunning opener to our 2012 International Season!

Performance photo of Greer Grimsley as the noble John the Baptist with Lise Lindstrom, as the title role Salome.

Performance photo of Greer Grimsley as the noble John the Baptist with Lise Lindstrom, as the title role Salome.

Credit: Courtesy of Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Salome, played by Lise Lindstrom, performing the sensuous Dance of the Seven Veils.

Salome, played by Lise Lindstrom, performing the sensuous Dance of the Seven Veils.

Credit: Courtesy of Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Performance photo of the cast from "Salome."

Performance photo of the cast from "Salome."

Credit: Courtesy of Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Performance photo of Salome (Lise Lindstrom) with a bound John the Baptist (Greer Grimsley).

Performance photo of Salome (Lise Lindstrom) with a bound John the Baptist (Greer Grimsley).

Credit: Courtesy of Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Performance photo of Greer Grimsley as the noble John the Baptist with Lise Lindstrom, as the title role Salome.

Performance photo of Greer Grimsley as the noble John the Baptist with Lise Lindstrom, as the title role Salome.

Credit: Courtesy of Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Salome (Lise Lindstrom) holds the head of John the Baptist as a reward for performing the sensuous Dance of the Seven Veils.

Salome (Lise Lindstrom) holds the head of John the Baptist as a reward for performing the sensuous Dance of the Seven Veils.

Credit: Courtesy of Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera