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24 July – 31 August

Arturo Toscanini already called for the building of a new festival theatre in 1936, while those in charge of the Salzburg Festival supported another reconstruction of the existing Festival Hall by Clemens Holzmeister.

After many discussions about Holzmeister’s planned reconstructions, Governor Rehrl proposed razing the building where he was born, near the Mönchsberg steps, in order to gain more space for building. Toscanini agreed with Rehrl’s project, Holzmeister was commissioned for the reconstruction. The extension of the Festival Hall began in April 1937; its main renewal involved turning the stage and auditorium by 180 degrees. The fly tower was now on the side looking towards St ­Peter’s Abbey, the ­auditorium enlarged to fit 1,700 seats and aligned to the direction of the Faistauer foyer.

The reconstruction was only finished in the era of the Nazi dictatorship. At this time Clemens Holzmeister, forced to retire after the ‘Anschluss’ (annexation to the German Reich), had to take his hat and leave, like many other of his fellow artists.