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26 July – 30 August

During the climax of the student and civil rights movement, Salzburg celebrated the revival of the Baroque Theatre of the World with Emilio de’ Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di anima e di corpo, likewise the Italian opera buffa.

Two artists simultaneously made a sensational début in the new production of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia: Claudio Abbado with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra caused a sensation conducting opera for the first time at the Festival. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle was engaged for the first time as stage director and scenic designer. The French director worked for the Salzburg Festival until his death in 1988; Claudio Abbado remained closely associated with it until 2012. In 1989, after Karajan’s death, Abbado became Artistic Director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1994, he also succeeded Karajan as director of the Salzburg Easter Festival, which the latter had founded in 1967 as ‘his’ festival with ‘his’ orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic.