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Salzburg Festival

Salzburg Festival

      See, something great is coming your way, 16 Aug. by Peter Hagmann The best thing about Salzburg is the cooking. The rumour cook-up. There the master cooks and top chefs are getting all worked up; they twist and turn over whatever can be twisted and turned over; throw in a statement and mix […]

Pereira: Salzburg to Milan

Alexander Pereira, Intendant (artistic director) of the Salzburg Festival, has announced that he will be leaving effective September 2014 to direct at La Scala in Milan, after a mere three seasons at the venerable institution. Both Pereira and festival officials stressed that the decision to release him from his contract was mutual and the parting […]

Book Review: Gathering Evidence

Book Review: Gathering Evidence

In addition to his plays, novels and poetry, Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard published an autobiography in five separate volumes in 1975, 1976, 1978, 1981 and 1982. Soon after, it was compiled into one and reissued as Gathering Evidence, a memoir, translated from the German by David McLintock. Never one for simple linear narration, Bernhard’s familiar […]

Book Briefs: Apr., 2013

MIDDLE EUROPA “Martin Ehl shows us how entertaining sophisticated, high-quality journalism can be,” said Jury Chairman Ambros Kindel when he announced the winner of the 2012 Writing for Central and Eastern Europe award. Ehl is among the top columnists on the issues and events shaping Central Europe and the Baltics. Middle Europa collects well-informed and well-written assessments of the historical, cultural and social characteristics […]

Favoriten: Migrants and More

Favoriten: Migrants and More

Since last Dec., Vienna’s 10th District of Favoriten has once again been connected to the wider world, as the new Hauptbahnhof at Wiedner Gürtel opened its first section, and thousands of commuters and visitors flooded through the new station, easily recognisable from a distance by its dramatic, diamond-shaped roof. Ever since construction began in 2010, […]

Salzburg Finance Scandal

Salzburg Finance Scandal

      Salzburg is Threatened by Many Unpleasant Surprises, 19 Feb. 2013 by Andreas Schnauder The perspective of the SPÖ is quickly told. Unauthorised, a division head speculates with tax money, no one knows about it. But thanks to the swift response, Salzburg gets off easy after the incident becomes public. Instead of running […]

Looking at Mozart

Looking at Mozart

After years of dispute over authenticity regarding which portraits actually depict the musical prodigy, researchers are confident of the authenticy of the 12 displayed at the exhibition Mozart Pictures-Pictures of Mozart that runs through 14 April at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. The images add much-needed historical accuracy to the popular likeness that adorns everything from […]

Salzburg Finance Scandal

Salzburg Finance Scandal

Over one billion euros in taxpayer funds were allegedly gambled on high-risk derivatives by high-ranking Salzburg civil servants: Monika Rathgeber, budget and finance manager for the province of Salzburg is under investigation after being fired in December 2012 amidst accusations of embezzlement and abuse of office. Eduard Paulus, the head of Salzburg’s Finance Department and […]

Alpine Motorcycle Diaries

Alpine Motorcycle Diaries

O.K., so it wasn’t a motorcycle, we were on a Vespa. But let’s not begin by splitting hairs. Zigzagging through the Alps on two wheels is a humbling experience, whether on a Ducati or a small motorbike, what the Germans call a Zwiebacksäge a “Zwieback Saw”, for apparent reasons. I was sceptical when my husband […]

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