The role of Festival Intendant – artistic director – is being readvertised.
The incumbent, Markus Hinterhäuser, has a five-year contract that runs to September 2021. He has let it be known that he would like a renewal.
But the board, in its wisdom, has decided that nothing must be allowed to overshadow the Great Beethoven Summer of 2020. Everything else, therefore, is being out on hold.
The Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler, who is due to retire in September 2020, has been given a three-month extension in order to allow her to mop up the Beethoven mess.