The flamboyant festival intendant is out. His last festival will be in 2016, ending a single five-year term.
It appears the directorate refused his request for a contract renewal, after Alexandra Pereira had gone around declaring that he could leave at any moment and was considering an application for the La Scala vacancy, which falls in 2015.
He had previously fallen out terminally with the Vienna State opera music director Franz Welser-Möst (who is being mentioned as a possible titular heir), been rebuked by the mayor and held shouting matches with the festival president, Helga Rabl-Stader.
Pereira has denied he put in a renewal request. ‘I did not deserve to be dealt with in this way,’ he said this morning.
A Viennese whose appeal rested on a 20-year spell as head of the Zurich Opera, which he raised to international rank, Pereira grew high-handed with success and offended provincial sensibilities with his exotic girlfriend. His ego will not be missed. But he was the most successful fund-raiser Salzburg has seen since Herbert von Karajan, collecting around a third of his budget from wealthy backers. The next intendant will need to show comparable credentials with the über-wealthy classes.
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