A stellar international cast joins Cape Town Opera for this sensational opera on 15, 17 and 19 March 2016
Cape Town Opera’s 2016 season gets off to a thrilling start with Salome, which includes two highly acclaimed American singers, Alan Glassman and Richard Fink, and rising star, British soprano Allison Oakes. Conductor Gérard Korsten has been enticed back to South Africa to lead an international cast and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. British dramatic soprano Allison Oakes plays the title role, fresh from a very successful debut at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, where she stepped in at short notice for an ailing Catherine Naglestad.
Reviewer James Karas praised Oakes for her ‘superb voice’ and ‘outstanding performance’. Oakes recently notched up considerable success with her first Isolde in Dortmund, a role that she will be covering at the Metropolitan Opera in forthcoming seasons. Tenor Allan Glassman has captivated audiences throughout America and Europe for decades with his vibrant timbre and committed interpretations of roles. A regular at the Metropolitan Opera, Glassman triumphed in his signature role as Herodes in a production of Salome starring Karita Mattila in 2004. Since then, he has become a seasoned and admired Herodes and has played the diabolical role at the San Diego Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera San Antonio, and Dallas Opera.
Playing virtue to Herod’s vice is GRAMMY award-winning dramatic baritone, Richard Paul Fink, as Jochanaan, or John the Baptist. This big-voiced baritone’s repertoire comprises some of the most challenging roles of the baritone canon. Fink has appeared internationally in most of the renowned theatres, including the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and Sydney Opera. Conductor Gérard Korsten is currently Principal Conductor of the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg Bregenz. Born in South Africa, Korsten began his career as a violinist and was a member of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe until 1996 when he left to concentrate on conducting. During his impressive conducting career, he has appeared in the most notable opera houses and concert halls around Europe.
Salome is Matthew Wild’s first production as Cape Town Opera’s Artistic Director. Wild is committed to bringing international artists to Cape Town to conduct, design and perform with Cape Town Opera, to enhance audience experience, expose the company’s singers to world-class excellence and raise the profile of the company globally.