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26 July – 30 August

When a music programme was planned for the first time for the newly established Festival in 1922, it was obvious that this should be held with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera.

The two leading Festival proponents Franz Schalk and Richard Strauss – who headed the Vienna State Opera as well between 1919 and 1924 – had wide-ranging planning and organizational options at their disposal. Thus, in the following summers, the Salzburg Festival programme was enriched with guest appearances of the Vienna State Opera. In the early years, the main focus was on Mozart’s operas.

On 18 August 1928, the first Zauberflöte of the Salzburg Festival was premièred – and simultaneously the first own opera production of the Salzburg Festival. Franz Schalk conducted the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the singer ensemble including Richard Mayr, Maria Gerhart, Maria Rajdl, Josef Kalenberg and Hans Duhan. It was directed by Lothar Wallerstein, the stage set was by Oskar Strnad.