Salzburg Festival Announces Mortier Award Recipients

By Francisco Salazar

The 2021 Mortier Award for music theatre will be presented during this summer’s Salzburg Festival to polymath Alexander Kluge and the Next Generation Award will be presented to stage director Ulrike Schwab.

Polymath Kluge is a filmmaker and writer who wrote “Chronik der Gefühle (Chronicle of Feelings),” “Kongs große Stunde (Kong’s Big Moment),“Russland-Kontainer (Russia-Container),” “Trotzdem (Nevertheless, with Ferdinand von Schirach),” and “Senkblei der Geschichten (Fathoming Narratives).”

Meanwhile, Schwabhas has worked at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Sophiensaele in Berlin, and the Neuköllner Oper Berlin.

Following the awards ceremony, artistic director Markus Hinterhäuser will host a discussion about the future outlook for music theatre with Asmik Grigorian, Ulrike Schwab, and Franz Welser-Möst.

The Mortier Award for music theatre and the Mortier Next Generation Award were established to draw inspiration for music theatre’s present and future from the legacy of Gerard Mortier, the opera and festival administrator and former artistic director of the Salzburg Festival, who died in 2014.