Grosses Festspielhaus is the biggest of the three operatic venues of the Salzburg Festival (the others being Felsenreitschule and Haus für Mozart) with 2179 seats (no standing room). 100 meters wide, the stage is one of the biggest in the world. Hewn into the surrounding Mönchsberg rock it was opened in 1960 (with a Herbert von Karajan-conducted Rosenkavalier). The cheapest seats (for the most expensive productions) are located behind pillars and cost about 20 Euro. Visibility is fine from virtually every seat in the house.
Selected previous productions on DVD: Numerous - among others I´d recommend: Rosenkavalier 2004(Robert Carsen), Eugen Onegin 2007 (Daniel Barenboim), La Traviata 2005 (Netrebko/Villazon), Don Giovanni 2006 (Martin Kusej), Zauberflöte 2006 (Audi), Benvenuto Cellini 2007 (Stölzl/Gergiev), Elektra 2010 (Lehnhoff/Gatti)
All photographs from the 2008 Salzburg Festival productions in the Grosses Festspielhaus: Duke Bluebeards Castle, Zauberflöte and Otello as well as Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem.
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