Magazine September 12, 2016, Issue

A Salzburg Sampler

A scene from The Exterminating Angel, by Thomas Adès (Salzburg Festival/Monika Rittershaus)

Salzburg, Austria — The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is the resident band of the Salzburg Festival. It spends most of its time in the opera pit. But it gets out onstage now and then, for a concert. One Saturday night, the VPO was led by Zubin Mehta, the famed, veteran conductor.

He is 80. Is that possible? That’s what the calendar says. He moves more slowly than before, as he emerges from the wings, and returns to them. But there’s still an air of glamour about him. Even of danger. Handsome devil.

Two seasons ago, I heard him in New York, with this

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