The Nutcracker

Program and cast

Peter I. Tschaikowsky
Duration
1 hour 45 minutes/1 hour (short version)


Recording
DECCA London Orchestre de la Suisse Romande


Conductor
Ernst Ansermet


Direction
Klaus Gmeiner


Choreography
Leonard Salaz


Scenography
Günther Schneider-Siemssen


Costumes
Marie-Luise Walek

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Salzburg Marionette Theatre

In 1893, the old-established Kaltenhausen brewery built "a restaurant and function-rooms" in the Schwarzstrasse, between the Lasser Villa (now the Mozarteum) and the theatre. The architect was Carl Demel, the master builder Valentin Ceconi. In 1897 these function-rooms were converted to the Mirabell Hotel. After World War II the Mirabell Casino was the principal tenant until 1968. Conversion work began in 1970, in order to give the Marionette Theatre a new playhouse. The former dining-room of the Mirabell Hotel was converted into an auditorium with a stage, and its rich decoration of stucco and frescoes is still impressive. There was similar stucco-work, though not quite so opulent, in the foyer, but unfortunately in the course of the 1970/71 conversion it was covered by a plasterboard ceiling. The stucco ceiling underneath was forgotten, to be rediscovered in 2000 when repairs were being carried out. In 2003 the foyer was restored to its original condition.

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