Stefan Herheim's new and out-of-this-world Salome opens the 2011 Salzburg Easter Festival tomorrow night. This is the Festival's first proper premiere after several years of co-productions which were first seen at the Aix Festival, so anticipation is high. It will be shown only twice - on 16 and 25 April - later travelling elsewhere.
Blogger Likely Impossibilities shares her observations from the dress rehearsal and there's an interview with the director on the Festival website in English (plenty more too in German if you care to Google).
Most of the tickets have been sold in advance via subscription packages, but a few individual seats remain - email the box office firstname.lastname@example.org for details. (If you decide to make a last minute trip from London, check Salzburg flights first - last time I looked they were fully booked.)
It might be harder to get into next year's Festival, when choreographer Aletta Collins directs Carmen, with Magdalena Kozena and Jonas Kaufmann (who also appears in a couple of concerts).
Some more Salome photos (Salome: Emily Magee, Herodes: Stig Andersen, Herodias: Hanna Schwarz, Johanaan: Iain Paterson, Narraboth: Pavol Breslik and Page: Rinat Shaham):