I completely miss the point of this production. Despite the extensive extras on the DVD, in which the production team discuss their thinking, they seem to want to be contentious for the sake of it. The setting seems to be in some 1930s dictatorship, but the libretto of course does not fit. I was so bewildered by the sets and actions that I did not really hear the music first time around.
Nadja Michael, whom I have not knowingly heard before, projects a rather harsh voice, and gives me the impression of shouting. I could not take to her at all and Herodias was only marginally better. The men fared a lot better to my ears, and Thomas Moser acted his part well. If you are a David McVicar fan, and like modernised stories give it a whirl. There are far better productions available, I wish I had not bothered.