The dance of seven veils
Of the Wikipedia:
Strauss wrote the libretto in the work homónima of Oscar Wilde (inspired in the Biblical passage) translated to the German for Hedwig Lachmann.”
“At the end of the XIXth century, Strauss dedicated his attention as composer to the opera. His first two attempts in the genre, Guntram (1894) and Feuersnot (1901) were round defeats. But in 1905, Strauss produced Salome (based on the drama of Oscar Wilde) and the reaction was so passionate and extreme, as it had been with Don Juan.
When it was released in the Opera of the Metropolitan, there was such a fierce criticism on the part of the public that the later presentations had to cancel. Undoubtedly, a lot of criticism had his origin in the select topic, but also there were persons to whom they were not pleased by the excess of disharmony that was loading the work, until now little listened in the theater of New York.
Nevertheless, the opera was successful in other parts, going so far as even to give enough income to Strauss his Garmisch-Partenkirchen house being financed.”