Austria’s Salzburg Festival announces abbreviated summer schedule, Aug. 1-30

Posted on: May 27, 2020

“The Salzburg Festival announced today that it plans to present a modified festival this summer, with fewer performances in shortened formats taking place from August 1 through 30,” reads an unsigned Monday (5/25) Opera News article. “The festival’s directors presented a draft program for the festival as well as security protocols for all performance venues…. Prior to the meeting of the festival’s supervisory board, Austrian Minister of Health Rudolf Anschober and Undersecretary of State for Culture Andrea Mayer formally established the health and safety parameters for all arts presenters in Austria, which provided the festival with ‘concrete indications’ of how to proceed in light of the social distancing measures.… The Festival … now plans to present approximately ninety performances over thirty days at six venues. It had previously been scheduled to host 200 events over 44 days, in sixteen venues throughout Salzburg. Likewise, the festival had originally been slated to begin on May 30, and was to have featured programming celebrating the centenary of the Salzburg Festival; that artistic agenda has now been postponed until 2021…. State-government chairman Wilfried Haslauer added: ‘It is a great relief that this decree has provided greater clarity for all presenters of cultural events.’ ”