Just in: Peter Sellars to open Salzburg

Just in: Peter Sellars to open Salzburg


norman lebrecht

May 17, 2019

Press release:

The American director Peter Sellars will deliver the keynote address during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Salzburg Festival at the Felsenreitschule on 27 July 2019. The title of his speech is “Listening to the Ocean: Planetary Change and Cultural Action – The meaning and urgency of ‘ecological civilization’ in the next generation”.



  • Caravaggio says:

    Oh Jesus

    • erich says:

      Pseud’s corner. As if it isn’t bad enough that one has to suffer his pretentious repetitive masturbatory productions…

  • M McAlpine says:

    Just hope he gets a proper hair do. He always looks as if he’s just had a fright.

  • anon says:

    How many of his productions were ecological?

  • ThrownOutOfTheKremlinForSinging says:

    Who can forget this?


  • WDM says:

    Have any of you actually heard him speak?

    • erich says:

      Unfortunately yes. Interviews containing pseudo-intellectual streams of pretentious bullshit when trying to explain his latest productions.

      • Patricia Yeiser says:

        If they need explanation they doubtless aren’t worth the price of a ticket. Give your money to a bona-fide charity instead, stay home and listen to Handel or Mozart.

  • Adrienne says:


    Pretty much what I expected.

  • Carlo says:

    Circus is open!

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Bring ear plugs or come late.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    So reminiscent of Wilson in “Castaway”. And about as interesting.

  • John G Deacon says:

    Apparently irrelevant to opera, I shall be glad to miss it.

  • Cantantelirico says:

    The man is absolutely brilliant. If you were to spend five minutes in his presence you would experience an intellectual tsunami. Whoever puts this man down should be embarrassed for doing so.

  • observer says:

    Opera is an art form that became so preoccupied with the bel canto voice that it
    couldn’t continue to evolve. It’s partisans became deaf and blind to all other elements of music theater. Opera thus suffers from arrested development syndrome. One result is that camp becomes a sort of apology for the genre’s lack of musical and theatrical integration. Hence Sellars’ success.

    • Adrienne says:

      Your experience of opera must be very narrow indeed if you think that’s all there is.

    • Patricia Yeiser says:

      Have you never heard opera by Handel or Mozart? No ‘bel canto’ there. And people still love to sing that kind of music. No camp required. Just astounding music, deeply felt.