Music: Like the North Pole

Covent Garden's 24-year-old Producer Peter Brook had warned that his new Salome "is not a production; it's an hallucination." A superconfident, baby-faced wonder boy who likes to shock, Brook had looked for a designer for the Royal Opera House's first Salome of its own since 1936 who could "reflect visually both the cold, fantastic imagery of Wilde's text and the hot eroticism of [the late Richard] Strauss's music." In mustached Surrealist Salvador Dali, he thought he had found his man. Gleefully, producer and designer hatched their plans. Dali wanted to have Salome's...

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