Putin is expected at the Salzburg Festivalmain
Heavy hints are being dropped, here and elsewhere, that the Russian president will grace next summer’s centenary festival with his lowering presence.
That’s no great surprise given that the festival’s new sponsor is the Russian state polluter Gazprom, and that Anna Netrebko will appear as Tosca.
What is surprising is that the festival directors think that the Crimea and Syria warmonger will add lustre to the event.
But maybe what the festival needs is a dash of creative tension.The programme is heavily reliant on borrowed productions.