We’ve had a tip-off from Lyon that Serge Dorny has been shortlisted for the vacancy of BBC Proms chief.
The Belgian, who was sacked last year by the Semper Oper in Dresden before he could take up the job, has a history of talking up his chances for posts across the music world, so we need to take this tip with a chunk of salt. It may be no more than self-puffery.
However, Dorny has form in the UK as a past head of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He may have a few locals who are pushing his name for the Proms. He is unsettled at Lyon Opera and has chameleon qualities that may play well with the present characterless administration at the BBC.
On the other hand, the BBC job will pay less than half of his Lyon salary.
No date has been set for announcing a new Proms boss. The job has been vacant since Roger Wright left last June.
UPDATE: Dorny, in London this week, has denied being in the running for the BBC Proms job. The pay is too poor.