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26 July – 30 August

Herbert von Karajan set a further accent in the Verdi repertoire: for the first time, in 1979, Verdi’s Aida was on the programme of the Salzburg Festival.

Karajan directed and conducted, Günther Schneider-Siemssen designed the set, Georges Wakhévitch the costumes, while John Neumeier was the choreographer. A star cast was heard again on stage: Mirella Freni in the title role, José Carreras as Radamès, Piero ­Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov and Ruggero Raimondi.

Karl Böhm, honoured for his 85th birthday, conducted the first night of Strauss’s ­Ariadne auf Naxos in 1979 with Hildegard Behrens and Edita Gruberova (stage director: Dieter Dorn).

Meanwhile, a new dawn was palpable in the concert schedule under the new General Secretary Otto Sertl: contemporary works and world premières were cropping up more and more in the schedule.