The abrupt departure of Franz Welser-Möst leaves 34 nights to fill this season, plenty of opportunity to test out potential music directors.
The one who will spring to mind for Vienna’s intendant Dominique Meyer are, in order of availability:
Gianandrea Noseda, who has just quit Turin.
Daniele Gatti, who is being pursued for the Turin vacancy but would prefer Vienna.
Philippe Jordan, who is performing wonders at the Paris Opéra, where finances are getting tough. He beings this season as chief condcutor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Antonio Pappano, who shows no sign of wanting to leave Covent Garden.
The young Frenchmen Alain Altinoglu and Philippe Auguin are frequent visitors, well liked by the musicians.
Simone Young, also well respected, is in her final season as general music director in Hamburg.
Anyone we’ve overlooked?