By Glenda Rice Collins
Tulsa, Okla., USA – A “sold-out” special gathering of Tulsa Opera VIP’s became part of the dazzling staged drama last night at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, as Richard Strauss’s Salome was celebrated on the Chapman Music Hall stage, as never before!
For director, set and costume designer Thaddeus Strassberger, this event marked both a debut, and a grand triumph, as sets, characters, musicians and special effects heralded outstanding visionary creativity with an immersive audience experience extraordinaire. Bravo!
Salome, starring Julia Mintzer in her Tulsa Opera debut, continues with a Sunday matinee, May 1 at 2:30 p.m., with impressive lobby festivities beginning at 1:50 p.m.
Red Carpet Festivities for King Herod’s Birthday
The honored group of VIP’s arrived in a long limousine, as they readied for a Hollywood-style red carpet walk accompanied by a brass band salute, and escorts of various costumed characters – all part of a “King Herod’s Birthday” celebration.
Once inside, they were greeted and cheered by a lobby- and overlook-full of opera lovers who were already primed to celebrate the unusual pre-opera festivities and the staged extravaganza to come.
The excitement continued as the glamorous VIP’s assembled on stage, as never before, at tables in “The Banquet Hall of King Henry’s Palace.” becoming an important part of the scenic design and ambiance.
A Glitzy Masterpiece for Oklahoman Thaddeus Strassberger
The immersive opera audience experience was conceived by Thaddeus Strassberger, the Tulsa-native opera director whose productions have been acclaimed internationally.
This 120-minute Salome creatively-visionary extravaganza, with no intermission, marks the first-ever Tulsa production of Strauss’ dazzling masterpiece, as well as Strassberger’s grand Tulsa Opera version debut.
With libretto by Oscar Wilde and evocative dancers provided by Kripalaya Dance Academy, the newly commissioned chamber ensemble Salome version by Nigel Shore is sung in German with English supertitles.
For additional details and tickets, visit: https://tulsaopera.com/season/2021-22-season/salome/.
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