The conductor has published an open letter in the Salzburger Nachrichten – behind paywall – detailing his conflict with the incoming Easter Festival director, Nikolaus Bachler.
Thielemann says he has planned Lohengrin for 2022 and Elektra for 2023, each with a stellar cast. Bachler has rejected his plans.
He is contracted as artistic director until 2022.
Meanwhile, the main Salzburg Festival has leaked that it is planning Elektra next summer.