Exclusive: Another Met principal flies off to LA Philmain
We hear that Boris Allakhverdyan, principal clarinet at the Metropolitan Opera since 2013, won the audition for the same seat at the LA Philharmonic on Friday.
He is the fourth woodwind principal out of eight to flee the Met in the past two years – both principal flutes quit on the same day last summer, one to Chicago, the other to LA.
We hear also that a fifth Met woodwind principal is in talks with Chicago and a sixth is preparing to retire. There is growing unease in the Met orchestra over the company’s general drift and the on-off music director position.