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July 24 – August 30

The 350th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s death is commemorated by two of his operas on the season’s program: René Jacobs and Herbert Wernicke present Orfeo in the Residenz Courtyard while Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Jürgen Flimm produce L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Großes Festspielhaus. This performance, sung in the original Italian, is the first time in the history of the Salzburg Festival that German and English surtitles are provided – a service for the audience that becomes standard from then on. Again, one of the Mozart productions appears to have an unlucky star: director Guy Joosten, who was to give his Salzburg debut with Così fan tutte, abandons rehearsals after a short time – the designer Erwin Piplits takes his place and brings the work to performance. The drama program opens with a world premiere by Botho Strauß, Das Gleichgewicht [The Equilibrium], directed by Luc Bondy. And Deborah Warner is in charge of Coriolan, the second part of the Shakespeare trilogy. The Camerata Academica and its legendary conductor Sándor Végh present their own concert series, and the ensemble also makes its debut as an opera orchestra in Lucio Silla – the series is the beginning of a tradition lasting to this day. Hungary is the focus of the concert program, reflected in works by Bartók, Kurtág and Ligeti. Another novelty is the avant-garde Zeitfluss Festival, which takes place for the first time and features compositions by Luigi Nono.

1993: The Monteverdi team: Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Jürgen Flimm.

World premiere
Botho Strauß
Das Gleichgewicht
Stage director: Luc Bondy
Stage sets: Karl-Ernst Herrmann
Costumes: Eva Dessecker

New production
William Shakespeare
Stage director: Deborah Warner
Stage sets: Hildegard Bechtler
Costumes: Chloe Obolensky

Coproduction with MC 93 Bobigny (Paris) and „Szene“ Salzburg
Die Perser
Stage director: Peter Sellars
Costumes: Dunya Ramicova
Lehrbauhof / Stadtkino

Coproduction with the Schauspiel Frankfurt
Sieben gegen Theben
Stage director: Jürgen Kruse
Stage sets: Stefan Mayer
Costumes: Caritas de Wit
Perner-Insel Hallein

Coproduction with the Schiller Theater Berlin and the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel München
Stage director: Leander Haußmann
Stage sets: Bernhard Kleber
Costumes: Doris Haußmann
Perner-Insel Hallein

New production
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Così fan tutte
Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi
Stage director and sets: Erwin Piplits
Costumes: Ulrike Kaufmann
Kleines Festspielhaus

New production
Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor: René Jacobs
Stage director, sets and costumes: Herbert Wernicke
Residenzhof / Großer Saal des Mozarteums / Aula Academica

New production
Claudio Monteverdi
L’incoronazione di Poppea
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Stage director: Jürgen Flimm
Stage sets: Rolf Glittenberg
Costumes: Marianne Glittenberg
Großes Festspielhaus

Coproduction Easter Festival Salzburg
Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Stage director: Luca Ronconi
Stage sets: Margherita Palli
Costumes: Vera Marzot
Großes Festspielhaus

Coproduction with the International Foundation Mozarteum and the Frankfurt Opera
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Lucio Silla
Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling
Stage director: Peter Mussbach
Sets and Costumes: Robert Longo
Kleines Festspielhaus

Revivals: Wesele, Julius Caesar, Jedermann, Die Zauberflöte, Salome

Concert performances: Nono's Prometeo, Dallapiccola's Ulisse, Bartók's Herzog Blaubarts Burg

Choir and Orchestral Concerts, Chamber Concerts, Serenades, Mozart Matinees, Solo Recitals, Lied Recitals, Concerts with the Camerata Academica, Concerts „20th century classics“, Cycle Kurtág / Ligeti, Performances of the Zeitfluss Festival, Church Concerts, Literary Recitals

Opening speach: Arpád Göncz (speach without title)

Details of the several years:

1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001,