Gerard Mortier on cancer, opera and Wikipediamain
About to undergo his second round of chemotherapy, the ever-combative opera chief has given a frank account of his illness, his future and his place in the world. The interview, with a Belgian magazine, De Theaterkrant, is in Flemish/Dutch. Sample quotes:
– If I were a family man , I would respond differently to this disease . Now it’s mainly my spiritual children I’m concerned for, opera people like Serge Dorny , Bernard Foccroulle Viktor Schoner…
– The lack of musical knowledge in many opera houses is shocking. Not just directors, also conductors. Look at Herbert von Karajan coaching a singer who sings Wotan: every word he knew by heart.
– Many directors have no place to be in an opera house. They know nothing about music but come along with a nice idea for starters . Set the Wagner Ring in a ski resort: not so difficult . But what next?
– Too many directors belong to the Wikipedia generation….
Go tell ’em, Gerard!