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July 25 – August 30

Writer Peter Handke, who has taken up residence on Salzburg’s Mönchsberg, is represented in the drama program for the first time with a play: Wim Wenders, the movie director, is responsible for the world premiere of Handke’s Über die Dörfer [Through the Villages, or About the Villages]. Otto Schenk’s production of Der Zerrissene [The Torn Man] by Nestroy pays homage to Austrian tradition, Dieter Dorn’s interpretation of Goethe’s Tasso nods at classical heritage. A new Così fan tutte presents Riccardo Muti as a Mozart conductor and is directed by Michael Hampe in his Salzburg debut. As part of the city-wide opening party, a complete performance of Jedermann provides a free treat for the Salzburg population. The keynote address is delivered by a banker: Hermann J. Abs speaks on Patronage as an Obligation and a Source of Joy – the age of sponsoring, of private-public partnerships, has not yet dawned in Salzburg.

1982: A scene from the world premiere of Peter Handke's Über die Dörfer at the Felsenreitschule.

World premiere
Peter Handke
Über die Dörfer
Stage director: Wim Wenders and Hannes Klett
Stage sets: Jean-Paul Chambas and Philippe Boudin
Costumes: Domenika Kaesdorf

New production
Johann Nestroy
Der Zerrissene
Stage director: Otto Schenk
Sets and costumes: Rolf Langenfass

New production
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Torquato Tasso
Stage director: Dieter Dorn
Sets and costumes: Jürgen Rose

New production
Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Stage director: Leopold Lindtberg
Stage sets: Hans Ulrich Schmückle
Costumes: Sylta Busse
Großes Festspielhaus

New production
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Così fan tutte
Conductor: Riccardo Muti / Leopold Hager
Stage director: Michael Hampe
Sets and costumes: Mauro Pagano
Kleines Festspielhaus

Revivals: Jedermann, Die Zauberflöte, Zauberflöte für Kinder, Les contes d‘Hoffmann, Ariadne auf Naxos, Falstaff

Concert performances: Schoeck's Penthesilea , Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex

13 Orchestral Concerts, 7 Chamber Concerts, 6 Serenades, 10 Matinees, 7 Solo Recitals, 5 Lied Recitals, 1 Church Concert, 3 Literary Recitals

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,