John the Baptist in Tel Aviv Israel today

John the Baptist in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv: “After me, One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the strap of His sandals.

When He comes, the deserted places will rejoice. When He comes, the eyes of the blind will see the light of day. When He comes, the ears of the deaf will be opened,” a dramatic baritone voice resounds from out of the depths of the stage. Around the cistern, three soldiers intone: “Have him be quiet. He is a holy man. Who is he? A prophet. What is his name? John [in Hebrew: Yochanan.]” In January, the Israeli Opera staged a production of Salome, an opera written by Richard Strauss. It is the first literary opera, based on the drama…