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27 July – 30 August

The competing of the ‘Scene’ continued to cause further tumult in the Festival District. Besides local stars and international ensembles, Festival artists like Friedrich Gulda, Gidon Kremer and Rolf Hochhuth used the alternative forum more and more to present new contexts for their art.

The divergence between the ‘Scene’ and the Festival reached its unruly peak in summer 1988, when the star pianist Friedrich Gulda performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt in an opening party for the public, and instrumentalized this publicity to make a sweeping blow against the Salzburg Festival. Gulda cancelled his part in the concerts planned for the Festival.

Nevertheless, the phase of renewal of the Salzburg Festival was now irrevocable. After Karajan’s resignation from the Board of Directors, the Festival authorities under Governor Wilfried Haslauer (sen.) agreed in autumn 1988 on far-reaching structural reforms, to be developed by Hans Landesmann.