Just in: Salzburg cancels president’s retirement

Just in: Salzburg cancels president’s retirement


norman lebrecht

June 05, 2020

Helga Rabl-Stadler, 72, has just been asked to stay on for another year, to the end of August 2021.

This is partly a reward for her successful political campaign to save part of this year’s festival, and partly a need for continuity after what will undoubtedly be a traumatic centennial summer.

Helga stays on to fight another day.



  • erich says:

    Good thing too – particularly since the names apparently vying to be her successor are such a grizzly lot.

    • RW2013 says:

      Her partner on the right is a fabulous pianist and gave a monumental performance of the Ustvolskaja Sonatas in Berlin last season.

      • Melisande says:

        Yes, Markus Hinterhauser is a very fine pianist who also work with singers, f.i. Matthias Goerne.

  • Musicfox says:

    Not a surprise at all… who else could be a „Helga“?!