Franz Welser-Möst, music director at the Vienna Opera and the Cleveland Orchestra, has agreed to conduct opera again in Salzburg from 2016.
Franz fell out with the festival last December, pulling out of conducting a Mozart-Da Ponte cycle in protest at the lack of recovery time given to singers between performances. His withdrawal marked a personal rupture with his long-term professional partner Alexander Pereira.
Now that Pereira is leaving Salzburg for La Scala, Franz has agreed to return. He will conduct Richard Strauss’s little seen Die Liebe der Danae, a work premiered in Salzburg in 1952, four years after the composer’s death.
The departing Pereira, as you’d expect, says he sealed the deal for Franz’s return.
photo: FW-M on Lebrecht Live