Brought up in the former East Germany, Hartmut Haenchen is particularly renowned and respected for his interpretations of Richard Strauss, Wagner and Mahler.
Despite the severe restrictions of the old East German regime, Hartmut Haenchen was given special permission to work with the West’s finest ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Continual interference by the authorities, however, led to severe setbacks in his career and he subsequently made his home in the Netherlands, where a new public recognised his genius, and where eventually he became Music Director of both the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Netherlands Opera. In October 2008 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the German Republic, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music and the arts.
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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
|Angela Denoke sings Salome at Covent Garden|
|Over a hundred years after its première, Richard Strauss's opera Salome retains its ability to shock. The opera was adapted from Oscar Wilde's retelling of the biblical tale, in which Herod's daughter demands and receives the head of the prophet Jokanaan (John the Baptist) on a silver charger. The details of the original tale are scanty, both in the bible and in Josephus: in Wilde's conceit, Salome starts as a young innocent and is then gripped by obsession.|
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