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27 July – 30 August

In the late 1940s, the process of normalization in the city and the countryside was becoming clearly perceptible, also in the Salzburg Festival. In February for instance, the temporary power cuts ceased and for the first time nearly all stage scenery could be made in the Festival workshops in Salzburg, saving costly and complex transportation.

The Festival reported a striking numerical increase in its audiences. The Mint released a commemorative medal for the Festival opening, the Austria Tabakwerke AG brought out a special Festival edition of their Memphis cigarettes – this, too, was a symbol of the new boom.

The programme was augmented through Bernhard Paumgartner’s Mozart Matinees, which included rarities from the canon of Mozart’s works. The seasonal programme included not only the core repertoire of Mozart and Strauss operas (the composer died on 8 September), but also as already in previous years a world première of an opera: this year, Antigonae by Carl Orff was produced by the seasoned team of Fricsay/Schuh/Neher.