First the Bavarian State Opera announced, with great jubilation, that it had secured the services of music director Kirill Petrenko until August 2021.
Then the Berlin Philharmonic, where Petrenko was supposed to be taking over from Simon Rattle in 2017, issued a schedule that showed its new chief conductor would be giving a ‘reduced number of concerts‘ until 2019/2020. It went on to thank the Munich opera company for its kind cooperation in releasing Petrenko for those few dates.
Finally, the Bavarian State Orchestra posted a picture of Petrenko with an exclamatory ‘Yeah!’
This is not the way it used to be, Berlin bending the knee to Bavaria, grateful for being allowed a corner of its conductor’s cloak. Herr von Karajan would not have been amused.