Salzburg’s next president?

Salzburg’s next president?


norman lebrecht

September 26, 2021

The festival has posted a vacancy with the retirement of Helga Rabl-Stadler, 73.

She’s free, and only 67.


  • Hayne says:

    Great idea! Now she can flood the Salzburg area with more culturally ignorant “immigrants.” It worked so well for Western Europe, didn’t it?

  • E says:

    Great post!

  • amazonian says:

    Former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, of Brazil, has been head of the board of OSESP Foundation, the body that manages São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra.
    He is now a kind of honorary president of OSESP Foundation.

  • Andrew Condon says:

    Merkel was never head of state.

  • Derek H says:

    Ignacy Jan Paderewski moved from composer and pianist to Prime Minister of Poland in 1919.

    He was successful and popular (signed the Treaty of Versailles for his Country) but returned to continue his career in music afterwards,

  • Maria says:

    Oh, thank God for the British humour!!

  • Meal says:

    🙂 Ok, trying to take it – ahem – seriously:
    a) According to the job description, it is required that the person is confident in the international arena. Check OK.
    b) If she would take over the job for as long as Helga Rabl-Stadler she would be 92 when she resigns. If she is as fit as for example H. Blomstedt that might work. Check OK.
    c) Merkel will stay provisional chancelor until a new chancelor has been elected by the new German parliament. Due to the results of the polls in Germany the next chancelor will unlikely be elected during the first session of the Bundestag, in contrast it will propably take some time, some long time. She would not be able to take over her new position in due time. Check fail.

  • henry williams says:

    not much future for the next generation
    if all the jobs go to people over 70 plus.