Decline of the West: Carmen-ban opera house loses its artistic headsmain
West Australian Opera, which made headlines by banning Carmen on health grounds, is losing artistic director Joseph Colaneri and chorus master Joseph Nolan after the current Trovatore.
Neither, it seems, was offered a new contract by the general manager Carolyn Chard, who said the board was ‘reviewing the structure of the company’. That’s manager-speak for shrinking or shutting it down.
Chard (pictured), a former banker and fashion designer, has stoutly defended her ban on Carmen, prompted by a sponsorship deal with the public health authority. Might be time for her to pick the next career.