“The festival presidency shouldn’t become a political plaything,” said Sepp Schellhorn, who had previously denied having applied for the post for a long time. The decision on who will succeed Helga Rabl-Stadler as President of the Salzburg Festival will be made on Wednesday. State Parliament President Brigitta Pallauf (ÖVP) is traded as a favorite.
But whether a state governor Wilfried Haslauer, who was marked by the Corona crisis and who recently appeared to be anything but sovereign, will also get his preferred candidate through, is anything but certain, the “SN” analyze. A total of 19 women and 13 men applied for the post that Helga Rabl-Stadler is leaving after 27 years at the end of the year. Jürgen Meindl, section head in the Ministry of Culture and second representative of the federal government as well as rotating chairman of the board of trustees, emphasized that a gratifyingly large number of highly qualified applicants with exciting concepts had applied. And he made it clear that the personnel decision must be made unanimously. There can be no dissenting vote, but abstention is possible.
The board of directors of the Salzburg Festival currently consists of three people: the president, the artistic director Markus Hinterhäuser and the commercial director Lukas Crepaz. Whoever becomes one should of course strive for a good relationship with the two of them. The history of the festival is also one of the very vain conflicts between the management heads. And these events have never done the Festival any good. (APA / red)