© Theater an der Wien | Werner Kmetitsch
© Theater an der Wien | Werner Kmetitsch


MARLIS PETERSEN as Salome at the Theater an der Wien

After her role debut as Salome at the Bavarian State Opera, which was celebrated by audience and critics alike, Marlis Petersen takes on the role of the femme fatale at the Theater an der Wien from January 18 onwards. Most recently, the exceptional soprano was heard there in the title role of Alcina under the baton of Stefan Gottfried, as Maria Stuarda under Paolo Arrivabeni and in a concert version of Leonore (a recording of this early version of Beethoven’s Fidelio was released by Harmonia Mundi in November). “Her dramatic and vocal interpretation is so intense that she becomes the focus quite naturally – as the main figure holding all the strings, dramatically and musically.” (Bernhard Neuhoff, BR-Klassik after the premiere in Munich)

The new production is directed by Nikolaus Habjan, whose puppetry already caused a stir in his production of Carl Maria von Weber’s Oberon last season. Leo Hussain and the RSO Vienna offer inebriating sound colours; the work, which was once banned due to its “action, which insults morality”, is performed in the version by Eberhard Kloke.


John Daszak, Herodes
Michaela Schuster, Herodias
Marlis Petersen, Salome
Johan Reuter, Jochanaan
Martin Mitterrutzner, Narraboth
Tatiana Kuryatnikova, Page OF Herodias
Paul Schweinester, First Jew
Johannes Bamberger, Second Jew
Quentin Desgoerges, Third Jew
Andrew Owens, Fourth Jew
Dumitru Mădăraşăn, Fifth Jew

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Leo Hussain, conductor
Nikolaus Habjan, stage director
Julius Theodor Semmelmann, stage designer
Cedric Mpaka, costumes
Paul Grilj, light
Olaf A. Schmitt, dramaturgy