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200th Performance of Così fan tutte

7 AUG 2011

published in: Opera, General

Così fan tutte 2011, Photo: Monika Rittershaus
The first performance of Così fan tutte at the Salzburg Festival took place in 1922, at what was then the Salzburg Municipal Theater; the performance was given by the Vienna State Opera and conducted by Richard Strauss. At the time, the opera was still performed in German. Further famous conductors, such as Clemens Kraus and Josef Krips, soon followed.

Starting in 1953 and until 1977 – with a two-year interlude featuring Seiji Ozawa – Karl Böhm conducted all Così performances in Salzburg. During these years, he guided singers such as Irmgard Seefried, Christa Ludwig, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Gundula Janowitz, Hermann Prey, Anton Dermota and Peter Schreier to vocal high flights, and the Festspielhaus was ruled by Maestro Böhm.

Then, in 1982, a young conductor triumphed in Michael Hampe’s production, performed until 1991: Riccardo Muti was Karl Böhm’s successor, a role he filled with bravado.

Apart from the conductors, however, it was the stage directors who were responsible for the triumph of Così: during the 41 seasons in which the opera has been performed here, Oscar Fritz Schuh, Günther Rennert as well as Ursel and Karl-Ernst Hermann, among others, were responsible for the opera’s various productions.

2011 will be another season during which audiences may look forward to a fascinating interpretation of this modern classic by a team of outstanding singers!