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Alexander Pereira begins his tenure as Artistic Director of the Festival, Sven-Eric Bechtolf is the new Director of Drama

1 OCT 2011

published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, Whitsun, General

Alexander Pereira, Photo: Suzanne Schwiertz
Alexander Pereira, born in 1947 in Vienna, worked initially in tourism management and then for Olivetti for twelve years. In his free time, he studied vocal performance. From 1979 to 1983, he was a board member for the Frankfurt Bach Concerts; in 1984 he was appointed Secretary General of the Vienna Konzerthaus, where he managed to modernize the concert scene and attract a new and younger audience. Since the 1991/92 season, Alexander Pereira has been Director of Zurich Opera House, where he began his tenure with an acclaimed Robert Wilson production of Lohengrin. From the start, Alexander Pereira realized that the continuous development of the ensemble was his most important task. He also attached great importance to encouraging promising young singers, staging productions in accessible form and involving audiences, as well as to co-operating with great artists. The central goal of Alexander Pereira’s Zurich programming is to present the great repertoire of opera, from Mozart to Verdi, although the house has also won acclaim for its contemporary productions. Since the autumn of 1996, he has also held the post of Artistic Director and has also been a member of the Artistic Committee of the Zurich Festival, in whose creation he played a leading role and which took place for the first time in the summer of 1997. Alexander Pereira’s contract with Zurich Opera House runs until 2012. Beginning on October 1, 2011, Alexander Pereira assumes the position of Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival.

Sven-Eric Bechtolf, born in 1957 in Darmstadt, studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He worked at famous theaters, such as Zurich’s Schauspielhaus, Schauspielhaus Bochum and Hamburg’s Thalia Theater, where he also formed part of the directorate and directed several plays since 1994. He is an ensemble member at the Burgtheater in Vienna and has performed regularly at the Salzburg Festival – most recently, the roles of Devil and the Good Companion in Jedermann and as part of Andrea Breth’s celebrated production of Crime and Punishment. In 2001 and 2002, he won the Nestroy Theater Prize as Best Actor. In January of 2011, he was presented with the Albin-Skoda-Ring. His work as an opera director forms another central aspect of his artistic activities.