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Teatro Comunale, ''Salome''

Bologna

A curtain with concentric fullness made to be used with a Fly curtain.The curtain, that is 14 m wide and 10,50 m high, was realized with FTA - Tancredi 500 470. dark red.The presence of the curtain at the center of the stage, with the lifting to the beginning and the descent at the conclusion of the action, emphasizes the anti-realistic theatricality of the interpretation proposed by the direction and by the scenography of the opera.
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The palace of Herodes is symbolically represented with a couch and few furnishings, over that by the presence of the servitude and the watches. The characters, apart Salome that is covered alone veils of silk, white or red, they dress suits that are contemporary to the historical period corresponding to the first decades of life of the Bavarian composer.
The giant lens used for focusing the attention of the spectators on what happens to the center of the scene.
Conceived between 1902 and 1905, Salome by Strauss already contains all the elements that will revolutionize the opera music of the '900, both in the harmonic circle and in that structural, with the disappearance, for instance, of the ouverture and of the arias.
Salome orders to the guards to free the prophet Jochanaan (John the Baptist), that is extracted from the cistern in which he's kept prisoner.
The stylized floor made of bordeaux marble, a work by the scenographer realizer of the laboratories of the Teatro Comunale Stefano Iannetta, with the stratifications and the gigantic fissures that cross it, it is, together with the big crimson curtain, the scenographical element that more characterizes the staging.
The irresistible attraction, also physical, of Salome for the prophet Jochanaan, that will result fatal to both of them, finds in the blood bordeaux background an aesthetical and meaningful position that assumes a rare effectiveness.
Refused by Jocahaan, Salome asks his head to Herodes and, in order to get it, she seduces her stepfather with the biblical ''dance of the seven veils''.
Drama in one act
Music
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Libretto
Hedwig Lachmann
from the homonym poem by Oscar Wilde
First night
Dresden, KŲnigliches Opernhaus, 9/12/1905

Scenography
Alessandro Camera
Costume design
Light design
Daniele Naldi
Technical direction
Paolo Giacchero
Stage direction

Staging
Teatro Comunale of Bologna
Season
2010

Materials used in this production

Concentric fullness making

Fabric: typologies of workmanships

Fly curtains

Typology of curtain

FTA - Tancredi 500

Velvets

RAR - Arizona

Rear-projection films

Rear-illuminated backdrops

Vinyl backdrops: typologies