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July 24 – August 29

An era draws to its close: in March, Gerard Mortier announces that he has no intention of extending his contract beyond 2001. A search committee is established in order to find a successor in time. Mortier, however, still has three seasons to shape. The summer of 1999 opens with the world premiere of Luciano Berio’s Cronaca del luogo, with which director Claus Guth makes his sensational Salzburg debut. Two versions of Faust form the centerpiece of the opera program: Busoni’s musical adaptation of Goethe’s drama is in Kent Nagano’s and Peter Mussbach’s hands, while the Catalan company La fura dels Baus presents Hector Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust. Frank Baumbauer takes over Ivan Nagel’s position as a consultant. As the first drama production, he presents the 12-hour Shakespeare spectacular Schlachten! by Belgian director Luk Perceval, which is an ideal carrier of Baumbauer’s mission: to offer young, living theater which is allowed to irritate the audiences as long as it rouses their curiosity. With the pledge of the American patron of the arts Alberto Vilar to donate 60 million shillings to the Festival’s artistic work, the Festival receives its largest donation ever from a private person. Shortly before the end of the year, an announcement is made about the future leader of the Festival: Peter Ruzicka, composer, lawyer and long-time artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera, will take over the position of Artistic Director in the fall of 2001.

1999: A Shakespeare spectacle. Roland Renner (Richard II.) and Max Hopp (Aumerle) in Schlachten! by Tom Lanoye and Luc Perceval.

Coproduction with the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg
Tom Lanoye and Luk Perceval
Stage director: Luk Perceval
Stage sets: Katrin Brack
Costumes: Ilse Vandenbussche
Perner-Insel Hallein

Coproduction with the Schauspielhaus Zürich
Ödön von Horváth
Zur schönen Aussicht
Stage director: Christoph Marthaler
Sets and costumes: Anna Viebrock

New production
Franz Wittenbrink
Denn alle Lust will Ewigkeit
Conductor and stage director: Franz Wittenbrink
Stage sets: Klaus Kretschmer
Costumes: Robby Duiveman

World premiere
Coproduction with the Théâtre du Complicité
Simon McBurney
Stage director: Simon McBurney
Stage sets: Michael Levine
Costumes: Christina Cunningham

New production
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / La Fura dels Baus
F@ust Version 3.0
Production: La Fura dels Baus
Perner-Insel Hallein

Dichter zu Gast
Hans Magnus Enzensberger

World premiere
Luciano Berio
Cronaca del luogo
Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling
Stage director: Claus Guth
Sets and costumes: Christian Schmidt

Coproduction with the Salzburg Festival Whitsun Baroque
Jean-Philippe Rameau
Les Boréades
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
Stage directors: Ursel und Karl-Ernst Herrmann
Sets and costumes: Karl-Ernst Herrmann
Kleines Festspielhaus

Coproduction with the Metropolitan Opera New York
Ferruccio Busoni
Doktor Faust
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Stage director: Peter Mussbach
Stage sets: Erich Wonder
Costumes: Andrea Schmidt-Futterer
Großes Festspielhaus

New production
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Don Giovanni
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Stage director: Luca Ronconi
Stage sets: Margherita Palli
Costumes: Marianne Glittenberg
Großes Festspielhaus

Coproduction with the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin
Hector Berlioz
La Damnation de Faust
Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling
Production: La Fura dels Baus

Wiederaufnahmen: Jedermann, Lulu, Die Zauberflöte, Don Carlo

Concert performance: Mussorgskys Chowanschtschina

Concert cycles: Next Generation (Georg Friedrich Haas), Wiener Philharmonikern, Choir and Orchestral Concerts, Church Concerts, Philip Glass Symphony, Progetto Pollini II, Accademia Pianistica, Pierre Boulez, „Strauss & Mozart... und Strauß“, Solo Recitals, Lied Recitals, Chamber Conderts, Matinees, Festival Zeitfluss: Theater of Sounds

Festrednerin Barbara Frischmuth: "Das Heimliche und das Unheimliche"

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