About 400 people lined up at 6:30 a.m. to buy tickets in person when the box office opened April 8. The Ô£200,000 reaped is up 25 percent from last year and is the most ever taken in on one day. A concert with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic sold out.
The 2006 Edinburgh International Festival takes place August 13 to September 3 and is the final program from Brian McMaster, who has directed the festival for fifteen years.
Festival highlights this year include the world premiere of Stuart MacRae's first opera, The Assassin Tree; Claudio Abbado conducting Mozart's Die Zauberfl‹te in a staging directed by his son Daniele Abbado; and a Kurt Weill/Bertolt double bill from Op_ra National de Lyon.