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Richard Strauss

Heads Will Roll in the Canadian Opera Company’s Salome

Canadian Opera Company Salome Atom Egoyan Toronto

The Canadian Opera Company’s production of Salome is directed by Atom Egoyan (photo: Canadian Opera Company)

APRIL 21 TO MAY 22  A tragedy of biblical proportions plays out as the princess of Judea lusts after a kiss from John the Baptist in the Canadian Opera Company production of Salome. Adapted from the Oscar Wilde play—and original Richard Strauss opera—by Toronto-based auteur Atom Egoyan, this searing show explores themes of eroticism, jealousy and obsession as its characters scheme, seduce and, ultimately, lose their heads. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, $22 to $325; call 416-363-8231 or visit coc.ca for showtimes and tickets.  —Macrina Smart