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26 July – 31 August

A row about the freedom of artistic expression rocked the Festival in 1987: George Tabori’s production of Franz Schmidt’s Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln was prohibited after the first night. To the clergy, the drastic world of images conceived by the ­director seemed incompatible with the consecrated church building.

The five remaining performances with Hans Graf as conductor were realized in concert form. The audience were given back half of the ticket price. The turmoil was accompanied by diverse statements from the Archbishop, university, Governor, Festival management and artists, and also discussions in the press – the Festival had ‘its ­scandal’ already on the third day.

Further upsets followed on the part of alternative ‘scene’: following opposition by the Festival management and public debate about the choice of venue and date of a concert with Konstantin Wecker, he nevertheless performed on the Jedermann/Everyman stage; the event was part of the ‘Youth Scene’ Festival.