25 July – 30 August
Feeling that Austrian playwrights should figure more largely in the Festival’s programme, Ernst Haeusserman, head of spoken theatre, introduced a new series beginning with Johann Nestroy’s farce Der Talisman in a staging by Otto Schenk. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, who had proved his mettle many times over in Figaro and Così fan tutte, took over Giorgio Strehler’s abortive Mozart cycle, staging La clemenza di Tito in a highly acclaimed production conducted by James Levine. For the first time lieder recitals were also heard in the Kleines Festspielhaus, which hosted Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christa Ludwig, Gundula Janowitz, and a duet recital with Peter Schreier and Edith Mathis. The theatre’s interior design and acoustics remained controversial, however, and Clemens Holzmeister drew up plans for its remodelling (they were never implemented). Friedrich Gehmacher, a member of the board of directors, died on 10 August; his place was taken by Heinrich Wiesmüller.
1976: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s highly acclaimed staging of La clemenza di Tito in the Felsenreitschule.
D: Otto Schenk
Ds/Cs: Jürgen Rose
David W. Rintels / Irving Stone
Im Zweifel für den Angeklagten (“Clarence Darrow for the Defense’)
P/Ds/Cs: Willi Schmidt
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
La clemenza di Tito
C: James Levine
P/Ds/Cs: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Revivals: Jedermann, Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, Idomeneo, Don Carlo, Leonce und Lena
17 orchestral concerts, 4 chamber concerts, 7 serenades, 6 matinées, 4 solo recitals, 6 lieder recitals, 1 church concert, 1 public reading
Ceremonial address: Heinz Politzer, “Demonism Redeemed by Music’
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