The music director’s walkout at the Vienna Opera has hit the orchestra hard. Franz W-M is due to take them on a Scandinavian tour. And their coming season is unusually full of new music – Olivier Messiaen, Krzysztof Penderecki, Pierre Boulez, Claude Vivier, Jorg Widmann.
‘The Philharmonic musicians are very interested in contemporary,’ declares the orch’s new business manager, Harald Krumpöck.
The ‘not happy’ quote comes from VPO’s new chairman Andreas Grossbauer, and is clearly aimed at the opera boss, Dominique Meyer, who is scrambling around for conductors to fill 34 blank nights this season before he can consider a choice of new music director.