The other Petrenko drops outmain
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.