Breaking: Sony chief to become next head of Vienna Opera

December 21, 2016 by norman lebrecht


It has just been announced in Vienna that the next director of the Staatsoper will be… (fanfare) … Bogdan Roscic.

He will succeed Dominique Meyer in 2020.

The head of Sony Classical, Roscic has promoted the para-classical acts of Il Volo, Jackie Evancho and Leona Lewis. It may be safely assumed that none of these will pass a casting audition at the Vienna Opera.

Roscic, 52, is a former head of Universal Classics in Austria, head of A&R at Deutsche Grammophon and, later, president of the Decca label.

At Sony, he signed a long-running contract with the Vienna Philharmonic for the New Year’s Day concert.

His closest conductor connection is with Teodor Currentzis.

UPDATE: Vienna’s catastrophic error.

Comments (7)

  1. Pianoronald says:

    Is this a joke? If it is, it’s not a good one.

  2. Hugo says:

    I don’t believe he was the ever the head of the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the previous heads were
    Alexander Pereira (1984–1991)
    Karsten Witt (1991–1996)
    Christoph Lieben-Seutter (1996–2007)
    Bernhard Herres (2007-2013)
    Matthias Maske (since 2013)

    1. norman lebrecht says:

      thanks N

  3. John Borstlap says:

    I could not believe my eyes on reading this post.

    1. Max Grimm says:

      +1 or in the words of John Malovich….

  4. bob says:

    sorry is vienna looking at the numbers….. didn’t the Met get it wrong with this other guy from sony ?

  5. Aygul Ozkaragoz says:

    Vienna Opera is finally getting to the 21st century, it looks.
    Long overdue…

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