For once, the festival’s closing report is really pertinent. Salzburg was the first to break the clone that shut down other summer fests.
‘In this special festival year at the festival, we all created something together, which hardly anyone could expect a few weeks ago: that with a very thoughtful, smart yet no one overloading safety concept music, theatre, concerts, opera, all these wonderful things again can be possible. The tension before August 1. was very high and the six rehearsal weeks before that were quite a challenge. Who could have imagined that in Corona times an Elektra, Così would be possible again? Who could have imagined that this gathering of people would be possible again? We have told all our artists again and again that if we manage to get this summer across the stage as we imagine, we will only make it together. The behavior of the audience, which has increasingly internalized our security measures during the festival, has also contributed to this. Thus, the signal emanating from Salzburg will be the strongest, most vital and most essential to send to the world,’ says Director Markus Hinterhäuser.
‘The fact that the Salzburg Festival could even take place in 2020 was the greatest anniversary present. We were allowed to set a sign of the power of art in powerless times and were able to revive the founding idea in the most meaningful way. The Salzburg Festival was founded in 1920 in a time of great need as a courageous project against the crisis. Max Reinhardt was convinced that only art could reconcile the people who were ravaged by war against each other, yes nations. – Art not as decoration, but as food. We are overjoyed that the festival has been able to prove itself as meaningful and employer in the world that is too deeply unsettled by Corona,’ says Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.