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4 – 30 August

Besides the works of Mozart, from the mid-1920s on Richard Strauss’s operas formed a second mainstay of the Salzburg Festival. In 1926, Ariadne auf Naxos was in the reper­toire, in 1929 the first Rosenkavalier, which came to be a central work in the Festival programme.

As in the first performance in Vienna in 1911, the role of Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau at the Festival was played by Richard Mayr from Salzburg.

The first night on 12 August 1929 turned out at the same time to be a theatrical obituary for the librettist and Festival co-founder Hugo von Hofmannstahl, who had died in July. Clemens Krauss conducted, Lothar Wallerstein took over the stage direction of Rosenkavalier and Alfred Roller the set and costumes, based on his designs for the world première (Dresden, 1911, directed by Max Reinhardt).

The costume has been preserved in the estate of the singer Richard Mayr in the collection of the Salzburg Museum.