Lass mich deinen Mund küssen!

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It seemed appropriate, somehow, on the Commemoration of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, to watch this production of Salome, possibly the greatest film version of an opera yet. Stratas could never have sung this in the theater, so we only have this, and what an actress she is! Salome, Herodias, Herod, all so vile and repulsive, and Bernd Weikl sings a magnificent Jokanaan. What music!

Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher
jetzt voll ist?
Wo ist er, der eines Tages
im Angesicht alles Volkes
in einem Silbermantel sterben wird?
Heisst ihn herkommen,
auf dass er die Stimme Dessen höre,
der in den Wüsten
und in den Häusern
der Könige gekündet hat.

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