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Breaking: Sony chief to become next head of Vienna Opera

December 21, 2016 by norman lebrecht

7 comments.


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….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRu6tRj8VUY

  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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