Exclusive: Franz Welser-Möst quits Vienna. Immediately.

Exclusive: Franz Welser-Möst quits Vienna. Immediately.


norman lebrecht

September 05, 2014

The music director of the Vienna State Opera has walked out. The following statement will be issued shortly:




In a letter today to the Vienna State Opera’s Artistic Director Dominique Meyer, Franz Welser-Möst resigned his position as General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera, citing irreconcilable differences of opinion regarding the company’s artistic planning and profile, which could not be resolved despite several meetings. The resignation is effective immediately, and Welser-Möst has withdrawn from all his planned new productions and revival performances in the 2014/2015 season.


We’ll tell you why later.

UPDATE: Why Franz walked out. Click here.


  • John Borstlap says:


    The videos of debates which could be found on the opera’s website have been very interesting. It is hoped that kind of thing, which connects opera with a wider cultural field, will continue.

  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    Ouch. That’s going to stir up some headlines.

  • Erich says:

    a classic tale of lack of communication and ‘handbags at dawn’ egos.A great pity and presents Vienna with a major problem, since there are very few conductors with as much operatic experience as W-M. The big question is where he might go instead since he’s not a natural fit for Concertgebouw, O de Paris, Berlin or LSO….