The regional governor has decided to separate the presidency of the festival from its commercial management.
The president Helga Rabl-Stadler has held both roles since 2011. Her term ends in September 2017. Both her position and the commercial director’s are to be advertised immediately.
The festival will also be losing its executive director, Stefan Mehrens, who departs at the end of June.
Regime change is in the Salzburg air.
Rabl-Stader, 67, has been president since 1995, steering the festival through the second half of the turbulent Mortier decade into a period of alternate dreariness and elevation.