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1931

25 July – 31 August

This year the Festival celebrated the 175th anniversary of Mozart’s birth: five of his operas appeared on the programme, three of them in new productions. World premières having already been given in spoken theatre and instrumental music, it was now the ballet’s turn to present a première performance: Das jüngste Gericht ("Day of Judgement") by Felix Emmel. The Festival also broadened its international scope: the Budapest Philharmonic, conducted by Ernö von Dohnányi, became the first foreign orchestra to make a guest appearance. Radio broadcasts from Salzburg were now transmitted as far as America. Nor were young people ignored: children from the city’s Kai and St Peter districts presented their own Children’s Jedermann on Cathedral Square. On 3 September Franz Schalk passed away. Schalk was a co-founder of the Festival and conducted many of its early opera productions.

1931: Alexander Moissi appears as Jedermann for the last time (on the picture with Dagny Servaes as Buhlschaft).

New production
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Der Schwierige ("The Difficult Man")
D: Max Reinhardt
Ds: Oskar Strnad
Stadttheater

New production
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Stella
D: Max Reinhardt
Ds: Alfred Roller
Stadttheater

New production
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Die Zauberflöte
C: Bruno Walter
D: Karl Heinz Martin
Ds: Oskar Strnad
Festspielhaus

New production
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
C: Robert Heger
D: Rudolf Hartmann
Ds: Alfred Roller
Stadttheater

New production
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Così fan tutte
C: Clemens Krauss
D: Lothar Wallerstein
Ds: Ludwig Sievert
Stadttheater

New production
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo ed Euridice
C: Bruno Walter
D: Karl Heinz Martin
Festspielhaus

Stagione d’Opera Italiana with
Rossini, Barbiere di Siviglia, Donizetti, Don Pasquale, and Cimarosa, Il matrimonio segreto

Revivals: Jedermann, Servant of Two Masters, Der Rosenkavalier, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Fidelio

1 ballet performance, 11 orchestral concerts, 10 serenades, 1 chamber concert, 6 concerts of sacred music

Details of the several years: 

1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937