The Mayor of Salzburg, Heinz Schaden, is unhappy that the summer festival is running five million Euros over its 60 million budget.
The response from festival director, Alexander Pereira, was to go nuclear and threaten a walkout. He pointed out to the mayor that the hot seat in La Scala will fall vacant next year when Stephane Lissner moves to Paris. He was thinking of applying.
We hope he will. This is definitely a bluff worth calling.