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20 July – 31 August

Despite Peter Stein’s successes and his benchmark works, not least in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck in the Easter Festival production with Claudio Abbado, Gerard Mortier found it was time for a more innovative theatre. The head of drama Peter Stein took his farewell with Grillparzer’s Libussa in 1997.

Milestones of modern music theatre were set up in Salzburg with Berg’s Wozzeck, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande (Sylvain Cambreling/Robert Wilson) and Ligeti’s Le Grand macabre (Esa-Pekka Salonen/Peter Sellars). A cycle was devoted to opera seria by Mozart and presented Mitridate, Lucio Silla and La clemenza di Tito with the ­Camerata Academica. François Abou Salem’s interpretation of Die Entführung aus dem Serail/The Abduction from the Seraglio caused attention; Marc Minkowski conducted the Mozarteum Orchestra.

The engagement of Christoph von Dohnányi to conduct Die Zauberflöte triggered a row with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, since only one of the five Mozart operas was allotted to them. Achim Freyer moved his colourful interpretation of Die Zauberflöte with Michael Schade and Matthias Goerne to a circus tent.