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1937

24 July – 31 August

Clemens Holzmeister began work on enlarging the Festival Theatre. The main novelty was the 180 degrees rotation of the stage and auditorium. The stage area was thus shifted to the side of St Peter’s Abbey while the auditorium points in the direction of the Faistauer Foyer. The stage itself now became identical in size to that of the Vienna Staatsoper, which made it possible for the two theatres to exchange sets. Wilhelm Furtwängler, principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, visited the Festival for the first time and conducted an orchestral concert. The rear forecourt of the theatre was renamed Toscanini Court in honour of the conductor’s 70th birthday. Another commemoration deserves to be mentioned: memorial plaques for Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Anton Faistauer were unveiled in the antechamber to the Faistauer Foyer. They were destined to remain there for no more than a year, for another age was about to dawn ....

1937: The Festspielhaus after reconstruction by Clemens Holzmeister.

New production
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Die Zauberflöte
C: Arturo Toscanini
D: Herbert Graf
Ds: Hans Wildermann
Festspielhaus

New production
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
C: Bruno Walter
D: Lothar Wallerstein
Ds: Alfred Roller
Festspielhaus

New production
Carl Maria von Weber
Euryanthe
C: Bruno Walter
D: Lothar Wallerstein
Ds: Clemens Holzmeister
Cs: Marielouise Luksch
Festspielhaus

Revivals: Jedermann, Faust, Don Giovanni, Fidelio, Orfeo ed Euridice, Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Falstaff, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

9 orchestral concerts, 1 solo recital, 3 lied recitals, 1 Mozart soirée, 7 serenades, 6 concerts of sacred music, 3 church concerts

Details of the several years: 

1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937