Luc Bondy quits Salzburg: it’s personal

Luc Bondy quits Salzburg: it’s personal


norman lebrecht

December 18, 2014

Press release just in:



Luc Bondy

PETER KONWITSCHNY to direct Die Eroberung von Mexico, replacing LUC BONDY

(December 18, 2014, SF) The Salzburg Festival regrets to announce that Luc Bondy finds himself unable to direct the production of Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico for reasons of scheduling as well as personal ones. With him, his team (Johannes Schütz, set design, and Moidele Bickel, costumes) has also resigned from this task.

At the same time, we are happy to announce that we have been able to convince Peter Konwitschny to take on this production as director. With Die Eroberung von Mexico, this great artist also makes his Salzburg Festival debut.

The Festival remains confident that the world premiere of the opera Fin de partie by György Kurtág, originally planned for 2015, will be directed by Luc Bondy and staged by his team in 2016 as previously envisioned.


Wolfgang Rihm, Die Eroberung von Mexico
Musical theatre based on texts by Antonin Artaud, libretto by Wolfgang Rihm
Music Director: Ingo Metzmacher
Stage Director: Peter Konwitschny
Soloists: Angela Denoke, Bo Skovhus et al.
ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
Premiere of the new production: July 26, 2015, 8:00 pm, Felsenreitschule
Additional performances on July 29 and August 1, 4 and 10


  • Brian says:

    How lucky I consider myself not to have a ticket! I saw Mr Konwitschny’s Don Giovanni at the Komische Oper in Berlin a few years ago. Not komisch at all: Anyone who dares to interfere with the music, particularly Mozart’s, does not get my custom.

  • RW2013 says:

    the old Hamburg opera “dream team” then.
    :0 (yawn)