Music: Change of Hat

Austrian Conductor Herbert von Karajan, 52, Europe's No. 1 man of many musical hats—and almost as many moods—is noted for having walked out on some of the best jobs in opera and symphony on the Continent. Last week he did it again. The post of artistic director of the famed Salzburg Festival was specially created for him four years ago. and he called it the achievement of a lifelong ambition. But Von Karajan has now refused to renew his contract.

As usual, rumors flew as fast as bow strokes in the William Tell overture:...

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