Update: After hitting 3,000 views/month the blog rocketed up to 4,000. I wanted to reflect that on this post!! Keep it coming! New posts soon after we move in on Thursday!
What with the 20,000 lifetime views and now this post, it may seem like I'm now only writing about the past success of this blog. That's definitely not the case. The new house has finally closed and I should be moved in within a week. Then I can get back to reviewing some DVDs, etc., as promised in the last post. Come September, it's off to London! Still, exciting to see 3,000 views/month over the course of the past month!
I remember reading Fred Plotkin's book Opera 101 some time ago. The book listed ten operas that would theoretically take a viewer from an easy, very accessible opera that they would (hopefully) like no matter what (Rigoletto was his suggestion). The operas became increasingly less accessible until, at the end, were Wagner operas. Except these were not quite the end. The last of the ten was contained in a chapter called "Psychological Opera: Elektra," or something along those lines. While Elektra is obviously a different Strauss opera than Salome, I found here the elements that might make this opera inaccesible to some, and definitely one to reserve for only the most prepared audience members. I admit this is my first time seeing Salome, but I must say that I was struck, I think particularly by this production, by how it is not just Salome, but essentially all the major characters, who are fraught with psychological problems.
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