Berlin orchestra breaks with Salzburg festival

SALZBURG- Berlin's Philharmonic Orchestra is ending a 45-year association with the Salzburg Easter Festival from 2013 after a dispute over the number of opera performances it can put on.
Festival director Peter Alward said in a statement Saturday that it had not been possible to meet a demand from the orchestra headed by Sir Simon Rattle to stage four performances instead of two.

Berlin orchestra breaks with Salzburg festival
The Berlin Philharmoniker will make its last appearance at next year's festival, when it will provide the music for two presentations of Bizet's "Carmen".
The search is now on to find a new orchestra to accompany the planned new production of Wagner's "Parsifal" in 2013, and Alward said that if it was unsuccessful he would seek financial compensation from Berlin.
The Philharmoniker confirmed in a statement rumours rife for more than a year that the orchestra would abandon Salzburg at Easter for Baden-Baden in southwest Germany, saying the decision had been taken at a general meeting.
Salzburg mayor Heinz Schaden accused the Berliners of breaking their contract, as members of the orchestra sit on the festival's committee. At its last meeting some three weeks ago they had made no mention of their departure, he said.
The late Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan established the Easter festival in 1967 and formed the link with the Philharmoniker, which he then headed.

Saturday, May 14th 2011

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