The wild man of the opera stage has been fairly subdued of late. Aside from a brilliant speech at the Polar Prize, he has kept well below the radar.
He’s planning a dance event in New York and a residency at English National Opera early next year, but this hardly goes down as a limelight Sellars year – unless you count him as the hidden hand in the Met’s long-running Klinghoffer furore.
So why has Musical America today named Peter Sellars Artist of the Year?
The award is the more perplexing since it has always previously been given to a musician.