Another consequence of the budget agreement is that the Festival won’t expand quite as Pereira planned. The number of events will be reduced from 248 to 200, and the tickets from 260,000 to 256,000 (compared to 220,000 last year, before the length of the Festival was extended). By the next meeting of the board Pereira must disclose all sponsors, according to Salzburg mayor Heinz Schaden, in order to avoid another Alberto Vilar situation (how flattered Pereira must feel at the faith in his corporate connections).
Still, Pereira speaks proudly of the praise his projects have garnered recently. Mentioning that Jim Oestreich’s favourable review of his Ouverture spirituelle week made the front page of the New York Times yesterday, he said ‘what other cultural institution can claim that?’