The other Petrenko drops out

There are two Petrenkos in the reckoning for future glory. Vassily Petrenko heads the philharmonic orchestras of Liverpool and Oslo, while Kirill P, who was music director of Komische Oper Berlin, takes over Bavarian State Opera next year.

The bad news is that Kirill, 40, has just crashed out of next week’s Iolanta and Francesca da Rimini in Vienna. The reason is severe back pain, one of the worst blights for a rising conductor.

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  • Kirill Petrenko has not been Music Director of the Komische Oper since 2007. And his back troubles are not new – the problem caused him to cancel Fidelio at Covent Garden last season.

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