Austria as Theater and Ideology and Gérard Mortier

In his blog The View from Here, Andrew Patner highlights Michael P. Steinberg’s Austria as Theater and Ideology: The Meaning of the Salzburg Festival in his discussion of Gérard Mortier’s “bid to take over the Bayreuth Festival.” Here’s what Patner had to say:

Mortier even went so far as to commission the first ever German-language publication of Michael P. Steinberg’s essential 1990 work, The Meaning of the Salzburg Festival: Austria as Theatre and Ideology, 1890-1938 (Cornell University Press) in 2000 in both Austria and Germany as Ursprung und Ideologie der Salzburger Festspiele 1890-1938 (Anton Puset Verlag, Salzburg and Munich). The German-language edition was the recipient of Austria’s Victor Adler Staatspreis in 2001. The book was also republished in English as a Cornell paperback in 2000 with its title reversed and the dates dropped as Austria as Theater and Ideology: The Meaning of the Salzburg Festival with an important new preface, discussing, inter alia, Mortier’s role in the modern Festival and the 1999 “Salzburg culture wars.”

Read the whole post here: The view from here to . . . City Opera, Bayreuth, and Gérard Mortier

Austria as Theater and Ideology and Gérard Mortier