It has taken Alexander Pereira all of two days to replace Franz Welser-Möst, who complained of inadequate rehearsal time and poor scheduling.
The new conductor appears to have been reeled in by the stage director.
Here’s the announcement:
Due to the unforeseen situation, we have spent the past few days searching intensively not only for a new conductor for Così fan tutte, but also for the entire Mozart cycle. We are delighted to announce that the original concept – of working with one conductor, one stage director and an ensemble that is essentially the same throughout the cycle – can be maintained. Christoph Eschenbach has kindly agreed to collaborate on this cycle with Sven-Eric Bechtolf during the upcoming years.
Both artists have known each other for many years and are friends. Having heard outstandingly sensitive Mozart interpretations from Christoph Eschenbach throughout recent years, I am convinced that the cycle is in excellent hands.
Relations between Salzburg and the Vienna Opera chief are, however, at an all-time low.