Salome is the only biblical figure of whom we have a portrait, as there are silver coins that depict her face. Even in its current concert version, Richard Strauss’s full-length opera in one act is rated R due to it being a case of qualified necrophilia. Oscar Wilde wrote the play in French while in exile, and its effects are multiplied with the tools used by Strauss, which focus on Salomé instead of the weak-willed Herodes, Tetrach of Judea. The Lithuanian Vida Miknevičiūtė will sing the title role, whose career is taking off with astronomical speed. The orchestra will be conducted by Michael Boder who has been a guest of the Opera a number of times: in the spring of 2017, he enjoyed great success with Strauss’s other famous piece, Elektra, right before the Opera closed.