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Salzburg Lures Dresden, Thielemann After Berlin Quits Festival

The Salzburg Easter Festival said Christian Thielemann will replace Simon Rattle as musical director, bringing his Staatskapelle Dresden as the resident orchestra after the Berlin Philharmonic quit in May.

Thielemann, 52, becomes chief conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden in 2012 and will take over the Salzburg Easter Festival from Rattle in 2013. He has also served as an adviser to the Bayreuth Festival and conducted the Vienna Philharmonic playing Beethoven symphonies.

The Berlin Philharmonic, whose former chief conductor Herbert von Karajan founded the festival as a showcase for his orchestra in 1967, announced last month it would end its cooperation with Salzburg in favor of a new event in Baden-Baden starting in 2013. Salzburg’s regional government expressed “incomprehension and disappointment” at the decision.

“The news that the artistic future of the Salzburg Easter Festival could be secured in such a short time is extraordinarily important for its international reputation,” Gabi Burgstaller, the governor of the state of Salzburg, said in a statement sent by e-mail.

Thielemann, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Semperoper Dresden will together stage Richard Wagner’s “Parsifal” in 2013, a production that was to have been performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, the festival said in a statement sent by e-mail. Michael Schulz will direct.

Photographer: Jim Rakete/Salzburg Easter Festival via Bloomberg

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Photographer: Jim Rakete/Salzburg Easter Festival via Bloomberg

Simon Rattle, principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, is an EMI recording artist, and has had links with Alward for many years.

Other new initiatives include a “Concert for Salzburg” targeting local residents and young people with tickets available at low prices, the festival said.

Peter Alward, who was appointed last year as the new director of the Easter Festival, welcomed the new lineup. He joined after a fraud scandal that had cost Salzburg as much as $5 million. His predecessor and a second employee were charged with misappropriation of public funds.

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