We’ve received clarification from Milan about the background for Graham Vick’s removal from Fanciulla del West.
In the first place, it was not a gay bar the director wanted but a miners’ bar. Reports of a gay bar that appeared in Austrian and Italian publications (quoted by Slipped Disc) are being sternly contradicted.
The official position is that the music director, Riccardo Chailly, is asking all directors to discuss their ideas about the staging with him before contracts are signed.
In this instance Chailly and Vick, meeting several months ago, found they had different views and decided not to go ahead with this project. According to La Scala, they parted on good terms and have spoken again since then.