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26 July – 30 August

Herbert von Karajan continued to expand his empire by founding his third festival in Salzburg, the Pentecost Concerts (Pfingstkonzerte). Another artist felt summoned to don the mantle of Max Reinhardt: Giorgio Strehler, in an opening address, honoured the Festival’s legendary co-founder on the first centenary of his birth. Strehler also caused a sensation with Spiel der Mächtigen, his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry plays, which was performed on two evenings and strengthened his ambitions for a seat on the board of directors. Reinhardt’s legacy was lauded at every turn: Ernst Haeusserman reconstructed the original conception of Jedermann, which was now given in its old form with Curd Jürgens in the title role. Carl Orff’s final stage work, De temporum fine comoedia (“The Comedy of the End of Time’), received its world première in a staging by August Everding with Karajan himself presiding at the rostrum. And in yet another centenary Molière’s Misanthrope, in a staging by Rudolf Noelte, was performed in the Landestheater to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the great playwright’s birth.

1973: Herbert von Karajan, Carl Orff and Günther Schneider-Siemssen discussing a rehearsal for the world première of Orff’s final stage work, De temporum fine comoedia.

New production
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
D: Ernst Haeusserman
Ds: Veniero Colasanti and John Moore
Cathedral Square / Grosses Festspielhaus

New production
The Misanthrope
D: Rudolf Noelte
Ds/Cs: Jürgen Rose

New production
Giorgio Strehler based on William Shakespeare
Das Spiel der Mächtigen I und II
(“The Game of the Mighty"), Parts 1-2
D: Giorgio Strehler
Ds: Paolo Bregni

Visiting production
Piccolo Teatro di Milano
Carlo Goldoni
Arlecchino servitore di due padroni
D: Giorgio Strehler
Ds/Cs: Ezio Frigerio

New production
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
C: Karl Böhm
D: Gustav Rudolf Sellner
Ds/Cs: Jörg Zimmermann
Kleines Festspielhaus

World Premiere
Carl Orff
De temporum fine comoedia
C: Herbert von Karajan
D: August Everding
Ds: Günther Schneider-Siemssen
Cs: Andrzej Majewski
Grosses Festspielhaus

Revivals: Twelfth Night, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, Rappresentatione di anima e di corpo

18 orchestral concerts, 7 chamber concerts, 9 serenades, 6 matinées, 5 solo recitals, 3 lieder recitals, 1 concert of sacred music, 1 church concert, 1 public reading, Max Reinhardt matinée

Opening Speech by Giorgio Strehler: "Max Reinhardt und heute"

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,