Cecilia Bartoli's contract as head of the Salzburg Pentecost Festival (or Pfingstfestspiele) has been extended to 2021. The Rolex sponsorship "without which we couldn't do even one of our own new productions" has been similarly extended.
From 2017 Markus Hinterhäuser will be the director of the Salzburg Festival, and he had a lot of nice words for Cecilia, "She is not just a great artist and singer, but has very high dramaturgical and philological intelligence. It is phenomenal how much she brings with every fiber of her existence, of knowledge, skills. One can only learn."
Helga Rabl-Stadler, the president of the festival, also said, "The 2015 Pfingstfest is already 80% sold. Over the whole world there is nothing like this. And no one is ever sick for a Bartoli festival."