When Helga Rabl-Stadler became president of the Salzburg Festival, Nikolaus Harnoncourt walked out.
Well, that’s Salzburg, always someone walking out.
But not Helga. Entering office 20 years ago today (she had previously run the Salzburg chamber of commerce), she has clung on through thick and thin, progressive regimes and laughably mediocre, for longer than anyone in charge at the festival since the late Herbert von Karajan.
Join us in raising a flute of Sekt tonight to Durability Helga, the Salzburg battery that never runs out.