Message from Salzburg Festival president Helga Rabl-Stadler:
‘Two important decisions for the future of the Festival have just recently been taken. On 21 May, the Board of Trustees extended the contract of our highly successful artistic director, Markus Hinterhäuser. His first official act was to ask the wonderful Cecilia Bartoli to extend her own contract as artistic director until 2026, giving the Whitsun Festival her very special programmatic focus. And Cecilia joyfully said yes.’
Cecilia Bartoli has just completed her eighth themed Whitsun Festival.
Next year’s theme will be Pauline Viardot, 19th century singer, composer, literary muse, sex kitten.