Opera Cleveland launches tonight with a performance of Richard Strauss Salome. Two groups -- Cleveland Opera and Lyric Opera Cleveland -- merged last year to form the brand-new company. Now, the citys musical-drama needs can be fulfilled by one troupe thats capable of exploring both grand and light opera! This company is filled with consummate professionals, says Executive Director Jeff Sodowsky.
Salome certainly grabs audiences attention. The century-old opera merges groundbreaking music and an Oscar Wilde play about the worlds first dysfunctional family. King Herod heads a clan that includes wife Herodias and their sexpot daughter, Salome. Its not a piece a lot of people would choose to do first, admits Sodowsky. Still, Salome is a great introduction to the genre. Its colorful score, gripping plot, and seductive visual elements will look somewhat familiar to modern viewers. Plus, its only 90 minutes. Salome is a little like one-stop shopping, says Sodowsky. It allows people to experience a broad range of operatic possibilities. Its perfect for the MTV generation.
Fri., April 20, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 22, 2 p.m.; Sat., April 28, 8 p.m.