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Apr. 28 - May 12, 2023

A deadly attraction

Strauss’s erotic psychodrama Salome returns to HGO with the U.S. premiere from Spanish director Francisco Negrin, who makes his company debut with this gripping production. Based on the scandalous play by Oscar Wilde, the opera recounts the story of a deeply disturbed princess who has fallen in love with Jokanaan (also known as John the Baptist). After he denies her advances, she performs the infamous and seductive Dance of the Seven Veils for King Herod in exchange for John’s head. Soprano Amanda Majeski is set to make a stunning HGO debut by taking on the title role, one of the greatest challenges in the operatic repertoire, for the first time. She is joined by three Houston favorites and HGO Studio alumni: bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as Jokanaan, tenor Chad Shelton as Herod, and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as Herodias. HGO’s internationally acclaimed Principal Guest Conductor, Eun Sun Kim, takes the podium. 

A production of Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía of Valencia

  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
    1 Hours 47 Minutes. No intermission.
  • Language
    Sung in German with projected English translation.

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Cast & Creative

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Amanda Majeski


Ryan Mckinny PC Jiyang Chen 3

Ryan McKinny


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Chad Shelton


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Denyce Graves


Eric Taylor BW
Eric Taylor


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Matthew Grills

First Jew

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Rafael Moras

Second Jew

Ricardo Garcia BW (2)
Ricardo Garcia

Third Jew

Christopher Bozeka

Fourth Jew

Cory Mcgee BW
Cory McGee

Fifth Jew

Noyola BW

Daniel Noyola

First Soldier

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Nicholas Newton

Second Soldier

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William Guanbo Su

First Nazarene

Navasard Hakobyan

Second Nazarene

Luke Sutliff BW
Luke Sutliff

A Cappadocian

Creative Team
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Eun Sun Kim 


Negrin Credit Guillermo Gusils

Francisco Negrin


Angela Kleopatra Saroglou

Associate Director

Louis Désiré

Set and Costume Designer

Bruno Poet 

Lighting Designer

Joan Rodón

Projection/Video Designer

Adam Noble Crop
Adam Noble

Intimacy / Fight Director

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra

A moment with the Maestro

HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers

HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers

“Salome has had an illustrious history at HGO—it was the opera that launched our company in 1955. It must have been a shock to that audience! The glorious Amanda Majeski makes her HGO debut performing the titanic title role in Strauss’s stunning tour-de-force.”

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