There is so much music in Salome, it was a wonderful to hear all the details in concert. Donald Runnicles conducted the fine Deutsche Oper Berlin (did they bring all those big drums with them?) Nina Stemme was a poised Salome: from being a more hesitant, almost innocent girl to an intense monster in the space of just 90 minutest. Her final monologue was stupendous. Burkhard Ulrich was super as Herod - every line and nuance was believable.