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1 – 30 August

For 2020, it had been planned to put the Salzburg Festival itself under the microscope, and also the myth it has been creating by constantly retelling, for example, the works of Strauss and Mozart, or the Jedermann/Everyman play.

The centenary season was planned to strike up with Jedermann: with Tobias Moretti and directed by Michael Sturminger (since 2017). The opera programme was meant to start with the new production of Strauss’s Elektra, followed by Mozart’s Don Giovanni – also a core component of the Salzburg Festival’s DNA. Scheduling Mussorgski’s Boris Godunov for 2020 was also a reference to the Festival’s history: for in 1965, Herbert von Karajan’s production of Boris Godunov had been an opulent highlight of the Festival. Another milestone was the new production of the opera by Claudio Abbado and Herbert Wernicke 1994, which was hailed as one of the most impressive productions of the Mortier era. Mariss Jansons looked forward to taking on the opera jointly with Christof Loy in 2020. But the great conductor died at the end of 2019.