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Features & Reviews

Salome, the original temptress in popular culture

The Virginian-Pilot January 29, 2015

Art: In classical painting, Salome has been presented both as a naive, innocent teenager and as a seductress by such masters as Titian, Caravaggio and Gustave Moreau.

Book: Oscar Wilde's 1891 play, which is the origin of the Strauss opera, was considered scandalous when it premiered in Paris in 1896. Since British law forbade depicting biblical characters onstage, Wilde wrote it in French.

Salome, No doubt, she was the bad girl to top them all

By Mal Vincent-Virginian-Pilot correspondent-January 29, 2015

She was a bad, bad girl.

Even by biblical standards, Salome was a seductress of the first rank. After all, Delilah only gave Samson a haircut. Salome got the entire head of John the Baptist, served on a platter.

The Gospels of Matthew and Mark describe what has come to be known as Salome's erotic Dance of the Seven Veils, but do not specifically name her or it.

In lore, she has been pictured either as a naive teenager, used by her evil mother to seduce King Herod into executing John the Baptist, or, in other versions, a scheming sexpot who lusted after the holy man.

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STYLE WEEKLY: PREVIEW: Virginia Opera's "Sweeney Todd"

By Rich Griset

Ron Daniels has a unique connection with the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”: It probably wouldn’t exist without him.

More than 40 years ago, it was Daniels who found the old penny dreadful tale and decided to turn it into a modern play, written by colleague Christopher Bond.