House for Mozart - Haus für Mozart
The Small Festival Hall in Hofstallgasse served as a venue for smaller operas and plays for eighty years. It was built by Clemens Holzmeister, who was also responsible for the construction of the Large Festival Hall.
The building was adapted several times since it first opened in 1925. The auditorium was turned by 180 degrees in 1937, making it necessary to enlarge the stage. The auditorium had a length of 55 meters.
After Austria was annexed by the Third Reich in 1930, the frescoes by Anton Faistauer, the mosaics by Anton Kolig and the sculptures by Jakob Adlhart were considered to be "degenerate art." Clemens Holzmeister was no longer politically opportune so that the "Reich stage designer" Benno von Arent was commissioned to carry out the next adaptation. He replaced the wood paneling with a gold-decorated plaster ceiling.
The first performance was "Der Rosenkavalier" by Richard Strauss, conducted by Karl Böhm in 1939.
Unfavorable visibility and acoustics necessitated another alteration in 1962/63. The Salzburg architects Hans Hofmann and Erich Engels gave the hall the appearance that it maintained until August 31, 2004.
House for Mozart
The former royal stables were last adapted as a "House for Mozart" from 2003 until 2006 (Mozart year) by architect Wilhelm Holzbauer, one of Clemens Holzmeister's students, and the Luxembourg architect François Valentiny. The three entrance portals were designed by the artist Josef Zenzmaier, the German artist, Michael Hammers, was commissioned to design and install the "Golden Wall" in the foyer. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, was performed at the festive opening.
The House for Mozart can accommodate 1,580 people (seating for 1,495 and standing room for 85). The Felsenreitschule and "House for Mozart" can be used at the same time.