The falling out between Christian Thielemann and the Salzburg Easter Festival chief Nikolaus Bachler is likely to cost his Dresden Staatskapelle its valuable slot.
The orchestra has issued a statement declaring its loyalty to the Salzburg Easter Festival, with a contract that runs to 2022. ‘As a reliable partner of the Salzburg Easter Festival, we look with great confidence and joy to the coming festival years,’ it said.
The festival rather dustily replied that its contract runs out next year and is anyway linked to Thielemann’s:
The declaration of the Staatskapelle Dresden GbR published today is factually inaccurate.
The orchestra master agreement ends after the present contract situation in 2020. To extend it, an extension of the framework agreement expiring in 2020 between the Free State of Saxony and the Salzburg Easter Festival is required. This in turn is linked to the chief conductor contract of Christian Thielemann. So there can be no question of an independent effectiveness of the orchestral contract.