See you in court: Dorny blames Thielemann for ‘unfair’ dismissal

See you in court: Dorny blames Thielemann for ‘unfair’ dismissal


norman lebrecht

May 07, 2015

Next Tuesday in Dresden, the Lyon Opera chief Serge Dorny will name conductor Christian Thielemann as the cause for his abrupt dismissal as director of the Semperoper in February last year.

The timing of the case could not be more awkward for the conductor, who will be hoping to have cause for celebration in Berlin.

The state of Saxony has previously denied any connection between Thielemann and Dorny’s dismissal, fully six months before he was due to start the job.


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  • DESR says:

    Given Dorny’s rep, this could be just the thing up carry Thielebaby over the line!

  • DESR says:

    Given Dorny’s rep, this could be just the thing to carry Thielebaby over the line!

  • Jon H says:

    Not really worried if Berlin Phil did choose Thielemann as MD – as long as it doesn’t affect the guest lineup of conductors, especially the older generation of conductors. Their interpretations should be captured, preferably on the DCH before it’s too late. And if not in Berlin, somewhere.

  • erich says:

    anyone who thought that Thielemann was NOT behind the Dorny affair must be naïve in the extreme.

    • Gerhard says:

      Perhaps, but if was really Thielemann who spun that intrigue, it is still open for discission whether he ought to be blamed or praised for it.

      • erich says:

        Dresden desperately needs a shake-up to bring the house, its running practices and its artistic profile kicking and screaming into the 21st century. As long as Thielemann has a say – despite not being GMD – it will retain its antideluvian attitudes (some a hangover from the DDR). Dorny was sadly too undiplomatic but would otherwise have been a good choice.

        • SDReader says:

          It seems to me that the Semperoper runs well. What am I missing?

          • Peter says:

            The opera part of the Semperoper is a provincial operation, compared to the fame of it’s orchestra, the Staatskapelle.
            The Staatskapelle concerts are always full. It used to be the same for the operas. Very difficult to get tickets in the 80s or 90s of the last century. Today the interest has declined, the tourists used to fill a lot of seats, but not anymore either. The Dresden audience is a difficult one. Big white haired fraction of conservative provincial taste. A bit like the MET audience, but in a much smaller town than NY and with much less money.