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26 July – 31 August

Salzburg mourned two artists whose work had left an indelible impression on the Festival for decades: the great conductor Bruno Walter died on 17 February, followed on 30 June by Caspar Neher. Neher’s final production, the set design and costumes for Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide, was mounted in the Felsenreitschule under the baton of Karl Böhm. Herbert von Karajan had his official position at the Festival redefined as “artistic consultant”. The uncontested high point of the summer was Verdi’s Trovatore, which Karajan conducted and staged in the Festspielhaus with Leontyne Price, Giulietta Simionato, Franco Corelli and Ettore Bastianini. The audience was in transports, and tickets were hawked on the black market at dizzying prices. Will Quadflieg introduced a new and permanent feature of the Festival programme: public readings of great literature, beginning in the summer with an evening of Rainer Maria Rilke.

1962: The celebrated cast of Verdi’s Trovatore (left to right): Franco Corelli (Manrico), Giulietta Simionato (Azucena), Leontyne Price (Leonora) and Ettore Bastianini (Luna).

New production
Johann Nestroy
D: Leopold Lindtberg
Ds: Lois Egg
Cs: Elli Rolf

New production
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
C: Heinz Wallberg, Bernhard Conz
D: Gustav Rudolf Sellner
Ds/Cs: Michael Raffaelli
Kleines Festspielhaus

New production
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
C: István Kertész
D: Karlheinz Haberland
Ds: Hans Ulrich Schmückle
Cs: Liselotte Erler

New production
Giuseppe Verdi
Il Trovatore
C/D: Herbert von Karajan
Ds: Teo Otto
Cs: Georges Wakhevitch
Grosses Festspielhaus

New production
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Iphigénie en Aulide
C: Karl Böhm
D: Günther Rennert
Ds/Cs: Caspar Neher

Revivals: Faust. 1st Part, Der Bauer als Millionär, Jedermann, Così fan tutte, Idomeneo

3 ballet performances, 9 orchestral concerts, 5 chamber concerts, 7 serenades, 5 matinées, 3 solo recitals, 4 lieder recitals, 3 concerts of sacred music, 1 church concert, 1 choral concert, 1 public reading

Details of the several years:

1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989,