Lorenzo Viotti was last night named the winner of the 11th Cadaques conducting competition. A French citizen, Viotti is the son of the well-liked opera conductor Marcello Viotti, who died in 2005, aged 50. He is also the godson of the conductor Bertrand de Billy.
The competition, which boasts Gianandrea Noseda and Vasily Petrenko among past winners, has been dogged throughout the finals by dissent. Hardly any women candidates got past initial selection and rumours reached us from an early stage that Viotti was the favourite. Orchestra members and two jury members showed sour facial expressions when the semi-finalists were announced, suggesting that better candidates had been unfairly eliminated.
We wish M Viotti well in his future career.
Cadaques needs to apply the rules in future with greater rigour if it is to regain credit as an even-handed competition.