The Mayor of Saint-Etienne in the Loire region of France has a lawsuit on his hands.
Conductor Laurent Campellone, 42, dismissed after 11 years as music director of the Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Etienne by the Mayor, Gaël Perdriau, is suing for aggravated damage. The theatre’s director general and head of production were also fired, allegedly for misconduct.
Campellone, a Christoph Eschenbach protégé, is fuming. He accuses the Mayor of ‘une violence inhumaine et s’apparente à une véritable rafle’ – the last noun being a coded reference to police roundups during the German Occupation.