"A psychological thriller draped in lust, incest, power and seduction."
That's the Atlanta Opera blurb for the company's new production of Salome, which runs Jan. 25 to Feb. 2.
Set in King Herod's palace and culminating in a teenaged girl's kissing a severed head, the opera shocked when it was new. Even now it comes on strong. And it's not trivial to mount.
Music director Arthur Fagen sat down with GPB's Sarah Zaslaw to dish about the challenges of Richard Strauss's most scandalous opera.