Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Salome (1893) written by Oscar Wilde and perfomed at the Berlin's Kleines Theatre under the direction of Max Reinhardt in November, 1902

A scene from Salome (1893) written by the Irish playwright Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) and perfomed at the Berlin's Kleines Theatre (Little Theatre) under the direction of Max Reinhardt (1873-1943) in November, 1902
 
 


"Wilde's version of the story has since spawned several other artistic works, the most famous of which is Richard Strauss's opera of the same name. Strauss saw Wilde's play in Berlin in November 1902, at Max Reinhardt's 'Little Theatre', with Gertrud Eysoldt in the title role, and began to compose his opera in summer 1903, completing it in 1905 and premiering it later the same year."
"By 1902 he was planning the season of the Kleines Theater, and it was here he made his directorial debut with a production of Oscar Wilde's Salomé.The show made Reinhardt's name; less than a year later he was a wealthy man, with nearly fifty plays under his belt. Salomé also had a huge impact on Strauss when he saw it in 1903: his 1905 adaptation would be his first great operatic success."

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