For now anway. Following Alexander Pereira's appointment as La Scala superintendant-designate, the Salzburg Festival have decided to boot him out as quickly as possible: September 2014. The festival's theatre head, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, will take over the 2015 and 2016 seasons "in keeping with the committee’s existing budgetary guidelines". Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler will take over Pereira's commercial responsibilities for this period. A new artistic director for the 2017 and future seasons will be sought as soon as possible.
This leaves the path clear for the innovative Markus Hinterhäuser, a popular interim director during the season prior to Pereira's arrival. Hinterhauser's current contract as head of the Wiener Festwochen conveniently expires in 2016.