Just in: Opera seeks drag queen to play Salome

Just in: Opera seeks drag queen to play Salome


norman lebrecht

May 20, 2015

It’s the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and it’s a dazzling opportunity for an over-the-top cross-dresser.

Click here for details. Apply now. Competition will be tough.

adrian as salome

photo: Adrian, 1965, in New York’s 82 Club production


  • JBBaldwin says:

    Reminds me of the Onion headline, “Unconventional Director Sets Shakespeare Play In Time, Place Shakespeare Intended” – what is it with these directors who think they know more than the composer (or history, for crying out loud)?

    I see no need for Edna “Salome” Turnblad…

  • Simon S. says:

    As far as I read the job description, this has nothing to do with an actual Salome-production. They seem to plan a series of drag queen performances where every one presents their own concept of the opera’s final scene (with music play back) in the context of a congress on gender and opera, but not in the context of a staged opera performance.

    So all those of you who always see the end of opera coming up when Wotan wears a suit, please preserve your ammunition for other occasions.

  • Eleanor says:

    I’m voting for Conchita

  • Neil Thompson Shade says:

    Any winner from North America will need to travel the high Cs on the HMS Raging Queen!