Opera that banned ‘unhealthy’ Carmen has new conductor

Opera that banned ‘unhealthy’ Carmen has new conductor


norman lebrecht

January 30, 2015

West Australia Opera became an international laughing stock last year when its chief executive, Carolyn Chard, cancelled a Carmen production as part of a health-sponsorship deal. Both artistic director Joseph ­Colaneri and chorus master ­Joseph Nolan walked out.

Chard has now appointed Brit-based Aussie conductor Brad Cohen as her next artistic director.

He’s doing Faust. Does she know there’s drinking in it?


New WA Opera artistic director Brad Cohen


  • RW2013 says:

    Perfect match for Chard.
    The tradition of insipidity continues…

  • DLowe says:

    The couple of concerts I’ve seen him to do with Chelsea Opera Group were very decent. Hope he knows what he’s getting into.

  • Terence says:

    I can’t believe Carolyn Chard is still there!

    What a useless bitch – and with no artistic integrity.