Published: October 2, 2020 10:00

DID YOU KNOW THAT… His own festival

———— The most popular conductor of the 20th century, Herbert von Karajan, once he became a dominant figure on the international opera scene, wanted to create his own festival (why not?). When he left the post of director of the Vienna Staatsoper, he began to look for a suitable place for his plan. At first,

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Published: September 18, 2020 10:00

DID YOU KNOW THAT… WAGNER – non-musical passions.

———— The outstanding German composer Richard Wagner never even tried to hide his great passion for splendour and luxury. When he received his new flat in Penzing (a suburb of Vienna) in 1863, he immediately began to design and furnish it without any consideration for finances, despite his rather modest financial situation. He went so

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