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1936

25 July – 31 August

In March, at the suggestion of provincial governor Franz Rehrl, the Salzburg Parliament passed the "Law for the Protection of the Salzburg Festival". As a result, outside events scheduled at the same time as the Festival now required special permission from the provincial government. This regulation remained in effect until 1970. Joseph Messner’s fanfare was heard for the first time at the opening of the Festival on 25 July; since then it has served as a signature tune in radio broadcasts. The construction of the Festival Theatre continued to pile up deficits, and Clemens Holzmeister was again commissioned to remodel the building. The artistic high point of the Festival was a new production of Wagner’s Meistersinger conducted by Arturo Toscanini.

1936: Wagner in Salzburg. The final "Festwiese" scene in Herbert Graf's Meistersinger production, with Charles Kullmann (Stolzing), Herbert Alsen (Pogner), Lotte Lehmann (Eva), and Hans Hermann Nissen (Sachs).

New production
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo ed Euridice
C: Bruno Walter
D: Margarete Wallmann
Ds: Robert Kautsky
Cs: Ladislaus Czettel
Festival Theatre

New production
Richard Wagner
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
C: Arturo Toscanini
D: Herbert Graf
Ds: Robert Kautsky
Cs: Willi Bahner
Festspielhaus

New production
Hugo Wolf
Der Corregidor
C: Bruno Walter
D: Lothar Wallerstein
Ds: Robert Kautsky
Cs: Ladislaus Czettel
Festspielhaus

Revivals: Jedermann, Faust, Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Fidelio, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde

9 orchestral concerts, 1 chamber concert, 1 solo recital, 1 lied recital, 6 serenades, 6 concerts of sacred music, 2 church concerts

Details of the several years: 

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