Salzburg Festival Could See Fewer Performances

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Salzburg, Austria Salzburg, Austria (Flickr/Sanfamedia)

VIENNA (AP) -- The Salzburg Festival's next artistic director has an ear for his singers' and musicians' complaints - he wants to cut down on performances at the prestigious annual event.

Markus Hinterhaeuser says he and other festival organizers "have to know what can be reasonably expected from our artists."

His comments Thursday on the website of Austrian state broadcaster ORF follow objections from performers at this year's festival about the number of operas and concerts they were expected to participate in.

Salzburg Mayor Heinz Schaden has described this year's festival as an example of artistic "overkill."

Hinterhaeuser's appointment, effective 2016, was announced Wednesday. He will succeed Alexander Pereira.



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Joe Pearce from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I searched and searched for a plain old contact mechanism to reach WQXR. This is as close to it as I could come.

Everybody at WQXR, repeat after me:

"We do not put operas on the air on Saturday afternoons without announcing the cast." REPEAT: "We do not put operas on the air on Saturday afternoons without announcing the cast." REPEAT: "We do not put operas on the air on Saturday afternoons without announcing the cast."

I got it off the Internet, but you might be surprised to learn how many listeners (especially the older ones) don't have the Internet. But that really isn't the point. The point is, What the hell has happened to WQXR that would lead them to ever broadcast a complete opera performance (or any other work, for that matter) on their station without giving the names of the artists?

Oct. 26 2013 01:18 PM

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