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27 July – 31 August

The 1947 Salzburg Festival opened with Jedermann, with stage direction by Reinhardt’s widow Helene Thimig. Jedermann was played by Attila Hörbiger. Thimig’s production after Max Reinhardt remained in the repertoire until 1951.

When she directed a Jedermann after the Salzburg model in Basel in autumn 1951, the Festival management relieved her of her post as stage director of the play and set the course for a new production under Ernst Lothar. From 1963 to 1968, Thimig – after a luckless production by Gottfried Reinhardt – yet again took over as stage director of Jedermann, with Walther Reyer in the title role.

Besides harking back to the origins of the Festival, in the late 1940s the wish simultaneously existed of creating a new identity for it. Gottfried von Einem, the 29-year-old Austrian composer and since 1946 artistic consultant to the Festival, experienced a resounding success with the world première of his opera Dantons Tod/Danton’s Death, greatly helped by Oscar Fritz Schuh as stage director, Caspar Neher as set designer and the conductor Ferenc Fricsay. Einem was there upon appointed to the Festival management.