1906 Opera Graz 16-05-1906 - Salomé by Richard Strauss
- Austrian premiere of the opera Salomé.
- Conducted by the composer, Richard Strauss (1864-1949).
- Graz Stadttheater Orchestra (double the normal size of 45 musicians to 90).
- In the audience: Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942) and Alban Berg (1885-1935).
- Year 1906.
Salomé was first performed at the Hofoper in Dresden on 09-12-1905, and within two years, it had been given in 50 other opera houses. Gustav Mahler could not gain the consent of the Vienna censor to have it performed, therefore it was not given at the Vienna State Opera until 1918. In Vienna, the piece did not come through the censorship - the Bible may contain explicit passages, a sex scene in which a biblical and minor figure constitutes a necrophal deed, went too far. The Austrian premiere was given at the Graz Opera in 1906 under the composer.
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