Crisis, what crisis? Salzburg announces record number of new shows

The new Salzburg Festival intendant, Alexander Pereira, will be laying out his plans today.

Before he gives details, he has told Die Welt that he has raised an extra five million Euros in sponsorship and will be running more new productions than ever before – seven operas next summer, all to run just a single season, then off to the scrapyard.

Pereira talks a good show. He has a kind word for the new Peter Alward-Christian Thielemann axis at Easter, but he makes no mention of his former Zurich ally, Franz Welser-Möst, now head of the Vienna State Opera and openly critical of Pereira’s plans. Watch the space grow between those ex-pals.

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