R.strauss: Salome / Mattila, Summers Met Hd
Joseph Kaiser, Lucy Schaufer, Keith Miller, Richard Bernstein, Juha Uusitalo, David Won, Karita Mattila, Reveka Evangelia Mavrovitis, Kim Begley, Ildiko Komlosi, Allan Glassman, Mark Schowalter, Adam Klein, John Easterlin, James Courtney, Morris Robinson, Donovan Singletary, Reginald Braithwaite
March 2011 INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW “As astoundingly lithe mover, [Mattila] plays the rapacious princess with a teenager's impetuosity and energy...No-one can surpass her when crazed anticipation is needed, which means the whole 'Es ist kein laut zu vernehmen' episode is incomparable...[Kaiser's] glowingly sung, touchingly acted Narraboth makes every word tell...the sheer virtuosity and tonal splendour [of the playing] are mind-blowing...Mattila is now first choice among DVD Salomes.”
The Metropolitan Opera mounted this 2008 production of Richard Strauss's 1905 Salome, with a cast that includes Karita Mattila in the title role, Joseph Kaiser as Narraboth, Kim Begley as Herod and Ildiko Komlosi as Herodias. Jurgen Flimm designed the production, Santo Loquasto created the sets and costumes, and Doug Varone choreographed., with Barbara Willis Sweete directing for the stage. The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet lend support under the baton of Patrick Summers, with Donald Palumbo serving as chorus master.