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1 – 31 August

Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann returned in Max Reinhardt’s original conception, adapted by Heinz Hilpert. The Vienna Philharmonic returned as well, both as an opera orchestra and with its own cycle of concerts. To be sure, the conductors on the playbills of the Nazi years gave way to new names: Hans Swarowsky, Felix Prohaska, John Barbirolli, Charles Munch, Carl Schuricht and Ernest Ansermet were now placed in charge of the music while artists such as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Karl Böhm, Clemens Krauss and Herbert von Karajan were blacklisted pending their denazification. Oscar Fritz Schuh created his first production at the Festival, a new staging of Figaro, and once again the programme featured a Strauss opera, Der Rosenkavalier. Hofmannsthal, Reinhardt, Strauss: the Festival’s founding triumvirate had returned to Salzburg. Finally, the Festival’s administration also had news to report, as Tassilo Nekola, formerly hired as a general secretary, took charge of the artistic management.

1946: The leading team of Mozart’s Figaro: Felix Prohaska (conductor) and Oscar Fritz Schuh (director).

New production
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
D: Hans Hilpert
Cathedral Square / Festspielhaus

Refurbished production
Carlo Goldoni
Servant of Two Masters
D: Hermann Thimig after Max Reinhardt
Ds/Cs: Oskar Laske

New production
Richard Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier
C: Hans Swarowsky
D: Oscar Wälterlin

New production
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
C: Felix Prohaska
D: Oscar Fritz Schuh

Revival: Don Giovanni

7 orchestral concerts, 2 solo recitals, 5 chamber concerts, 4 serenades, 3 concerts of sacred music

Details of the several years:

1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959,