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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 Laura Wilde is taking on the title role, one of the greatest challenges in the operatic repertoire. She is joined by two Houston favorites and HGO Studio alumni: bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as Jokanaan and tenor Chad Shelton as Herod. Renowned conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson takes the podium.

A production of Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía of Valencia


Audience Warning: Salome contains adult content including explicit sexual acts, violence and sexual abuse and is only suitable for a mature audience. Strobe lights will occur during the production.


  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    This production contains adult content; not suitable for children.
  • Running Time
    1 Hours 47 Minutes. No intermission.
  • Language
    Sung in German with projected English translation.

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Cast & Creative

Laura Wilde


Ryan McKinny


Chad Shelton


Karita Mattila


Eric Taylor


Erin Wagner

Page of Herodias

Matthew Grills

First Jew

Rafael Moras

Second Jew

Ricardo Garcia

Third Jew

Christopher Bozeka

Fourth Jew

Cory McGee

Fifth Jew

Daniel Noyola

First Soldier

Nicholas Newton

Second Soldier

William Guanbo Su

First Nazarene

Navasard Hakobyan

Second Nazarene

Meryl Dominguez

A Slave

Luke Sutliff

A Cappadocian

Creative Team
Keri-Lynn Wilson


Francisco Negrin


Angela Kleopatra Saroglou

Associate Director

Louis Désiré

Set and Costume Designer

Bruno Poet

Lighting Designer

Joan Rodón

Projection/Video Designer

Adam Noble

Intimacy / Fight Director

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra

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