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Breaking: Gianandrea Noseda quits Turin in outrage

April 26, 2018 by norman lebrecht

27 comments.


The Italian conductor has resigned after 11 years as music director following the Mayor decision to appoint William Graziosi as sovrintendente of the Teatro Regio Torino.

Graziosi has a chequered past history at Baltimore Opera.

Noseda has issued an unhappy personal statement:

From the desk of Gianandrea Noseda

The recent actions taken by the board of the Teatro Regio Torino are disappointing and disheartening. The fact that the quality which has propelled the theatre on the international scene has not been taken in due consideration provides a clear indication to me that there is no interest to share a common vision for the future of the Teatro Regio Torino.

Furthermore, I understand that the board of the Teatro Regio Torino has decided to cancel a long-planned return to America in May 2019, which would have included performances at the Harris Theater in Chicago, Carnegie Hall in New York and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., announced earlier this year by each institution in their 2018/19 season announcements.

Under these circumstances, I will not be available to continue my relationship with the Teatro Regio Torino. It is with deep regret that I will have to withdraw from all plans for the season 2018/19 and beyond. I will respect and intend to conduct engagements planned for this summer with the Montreux Festival, the Stresa Festival and the MITO Festival.

Once again, I thank the incredible artists of the orchestra and the chorus, the stage technicians, all the workshops workers and the staff members who shared a common vision for the Teatro Regio Torino. We have produced so much great art together and this will remain forever in the history of the house, as well as in our personal histories.


Comments (27)

  1. Barry Guerrero says:

    What if Noseda hadn’t landed the National Symphony gig?

    1. Tamino says:

      What if the Pope was a Protestant?

      1. Barry Guerrero says:

        Well, I had thought my point would have been obvious. Would he have been willing to cut all ties if he didn’t have a high paying position to go to?

        1. Simone says:

          He was about to leave Turin on a previous occasion, well before he got the NSO, and they had to struggle to keep him there. He’s not that kind of person. Plus, he wouldn’t remain without offers for long.

          1. Barry Guerrero says:

            I guess I am implying that he’s, “that kind of person”. But my question is more a matter of putting food on one’s table. So, in that sense, isn’t everyone that kind of person (to some degree)? Regardless, I’m glad he has the National Symphony job and I’m glad he’s able to move on.

          2. Max Grimm says:

            @Barry Guerrero
            I can only agree with Simone’s post and add that, given Noseda’s extensive guest-conducting and busy schedule, apart from the National Symphony and Teatro Regio di Torino, he would have managed without financial distress.
            While there are many such examples of many conductors, I’ll put forth that of a conductor I particularly appreciate, Semyon Bychkov…when he decided not to renew in Cologne and left the WDR Sinfonieorchester in 2010, he didn’t have “a high paying position” to go to and to date he has managed to put food on the table without ending up impoverished, living under a bridge.

      2. Bruce says:

        What if the Pope was my mom?

        1. Adam says:

          That can’t be right Bruce. MY mum always convinces me SHE speaks with the direct authority of God.

          1. Rgiarola says:

            I can see Adam that you also have an Italian mother lol

      3. Edgar says:

        To some traditionalists he is, and even worse than that.

    2. Alexander Platt says:

      If he hadn’t gotten National Symphony, he would have had his pick of international guest-conducting engagements 52 weeks per year, and quite possibly would have gotten the New York Philharmonic to boot

    3. David Hilton says:

      He would have landed some other equally prestigeous gig. It’s not as if he’s ever been short of work over the past 20 years.

  2. Peter says:

    Could this blog attempt some kind of narrative? Last we heard Del Monaco was the coming. And now not. What’s happening with Gaston Fournier-Faco?

  3. Marcus Clayton says:

    I can well understand Maestro Noseda’s frustration with the board.
    He has built up this opera company into one of Italy’s finest since he became it’s music director. Obviously the board doesn’t value Noseda’s talent or his musical integrity.
    It would be a shame if they did cancel next year’s American tour which was to have included concert performances of i Vespri Siciliani at both Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
    I am sure Maestro Noseda will have no problems finding work elsewhere.

  4. Rob says:

    I’m not surprised, the upcoming full moon is in his opposite sign, Scorpio.

    He’s a Taurus.

    Full moons usually bring endings.

  5. Anton Bruckner says:

    Noseda is in Israel with IPO right now. Let’s hope his distress will not affect the performances….

  6. Anthony Kershaw says:

    Hopefully, he’s making room for Toronto.

  7. Alexander says:

    The second act of the opera has just been written , wait for the finale ? …

  8. Sue says:

    Can we please use an alternate word to “outrage”? It’s just so cliched. The Outrage Olympics have finished now.

    1. Mike Schachter says:

      Many people live only to be outraged.

      1. Sue says:

        In Australia, with our energy crisis, most people are “Outaged”. Important distinction without the “R”.

  9. Don Ciccio says:

    Oui, oui, c’est l’empereur même,
    Qui lance l’anathème
    Par sa terrible voix.

  10. Zarmos says:

    Welcome in Paris Maestro :):)

  11. TRJ says:

    Noseda for Covent Garden.

  12. Fred says:

    he’s okay as a conductor but far from a first tier, and yeah why did del monaco not get this post as previously stated on slipped disc????

    1. Simone says:

      He was discarded as it was pointed out that he is too old (74) and his cv doesn’t meet the standards of the theatre.


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