Hugo Shirley

Strauss and Hofmannsthal deserve better from the Salzburg Festival

<p class="p1">They founded it, after all: these productions of Charlotte Salomon and Der Rosenkavalier are no way to repay them</p>

The Salzburg Festival’s reputation might largely be one of cultural conservatism, but it made an impressive commitment to new works when it announced in 2011 that it had commissioned four operas, to be unveiled at the rate of one a year between 2013 and 2016.

The first was to have been by György Kurtág, but he failed to deliver on time.

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