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July 26 – August 31

A conflict about the freedom of art shakes up the Festival: George Tabori’s production of Franz Schmidt’s Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln [The Book of Seven Seals], which was to continue the tradition of oratorio performances at Kollegienkirche, is banned after its premiere. The clergy considers the drastic images created by the director to be incompatible with the consecrated church space, since the actions on stage violated religious dignity. The five remaining performances are presented as concert versions. Together with James Levine, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle prepares his last production for the Salzburg Festival: Arnold Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron. The team Johannes Schaaf and Horst Stein is represented with a new Abduction this summer; Karajan revives his Easter version of Don Giovanni with Samuel Ramey in the title role. Jürgen Flimm makes his Salzburg debut with a new production of Raimund’s Der Bauer als Millionär [The Farmer as Millionaire]. The Association of Friends of the Salzburg Festival and the press office find a new home in the Kapellhausstöckl on Mönchsberg, where they enjoy a wonderful view of the entire Festival district.

1987: George Tabori directs Franz Schmidt's Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln at the Kollegienkirche.

New production
Arthur Schnitzler
Der einsame Weg
Stage director: Thomas Langhoff
Stage sets and costumes: Jürgen Rose

New Production
Ferdinand Raimund
Der Bauer als Millionär
Stage director: Jürgen Flimm
Stage sets: Rolf Glittenberg
Costumes: Marianne Glittenberg

New production
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Conductor: Horst Stein
Stage director: Johannes Schaaf
Stage sets: Andreas Reinhardt
Costumes: Peter Pabst
Kleines Festspielhaus

New production
Arnold Schönberg
Moses und Aron
Conductor: James Levine
Stage director, sets and costumes: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

New production
Franz Schmidt
Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln
Conductor: Hans Graf
Stage director: George Tabori
Sets and costumes: Andreas Szalla

Transfer from the Easter Festival Salzburg
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Don Giovanni
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Stage director: Michael Hampe
Sets and costumes: Mauro Pagano
Großes Festspielhaus

World Premiere
Production of the Salzburg Landestheater in cooperation with the Salzburg Festival
Gerhard Wimberger
Fürst von Salzburg – Wolf Dietrich
Conductor: Hans Graf
Stage director: Wolfgang Glück
Stage sets: Imre Vincze
Costumes: Silvia Strahammer

Revivals: Jedermann, Le nozze di Figaro, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Capriccio

5 Ballet Performances, 16 Orchestral Concerts, 14 Chamber Concerts, 9 Serenades, 10 Matinees, 8 Solo Recitals, 11 Lied Recitals, 6 Church Concerts, 6 Literay Recitals

Opening Speach by Kurt Hübner: „Festspiele als mythisches Ereignis“

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,