People, Apr. 19, 1971

Other maestros may prepare for a major performance by going over the score in solitude. Not Austria's white-maned Conductor Herbert von Karajan, 63—flyer, skier, yachtsman and fast-car buff. A few hours before the première of a Karajan-produced, Karajan-directed, Karajan-conducted Fidelio at Salzburg's Easter festival, he climbed into his souped-up Ford GT 40 and took on a twisting mountain road at speed. When he whined around a curve to face a juggernaut diesel on the wrong side of the road, Karajan took evasive action, turned the Ford over twice and totaled it. Unscathed and...

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