Music: Walkout

Salzburg was scandalized. The world première of the new opera, Danton's Death, was all set—and then the conductor stomped off after a rehearsal. It was a faint echo, at least, of the hectic days of the Salzburg Festival's patron saint, when Wolfgang Mozart dashed off the overture to Don Giovanni the night before its première in Prague.

This year, for Salzburg's third postwar festival, something new had been added. There was still Mozart nachtmusik by candlelight under the stars, and a performance of the Marriage of Figaro. But the big news was Danton's Death,...

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