Sunday, January 05, 2014

Salzburg 1957: Schwarzkopf And Karajan

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg in 1957, the year in which Karajan assumed the helm of the Salzburg Festival.

One of the new Salzburg Festival productions in 1957 was Verdi’s “Falstaff”, conducted by Karajan and with Schwarzkopf as Alice Ford.

However, I believe the photograph has nothing to do with that “Falstaff”. More likely the photograph depicts a visit to a rehearsal of Beethoven’s “Fidelio”, also given a new production in 1957 and staged in the Felsenreitschule (the photograph clearly was taken in the Felsenreitschule).

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