Breaking: Music director walks out on Copenhagen

Breaking: Music director walks out on Copenhagen


norman lebrecht

April 13, 2016

Michael Boder, the greatly experienced music director of Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre, says he cannot abide the constant pressure to make cuts.

‘When I became familiar with the cuts and was in no way been involved, I had to ask myself how I could sit with responsibility for something I had no opportunity to influence. And I must say that even so I would not be responsible. I would obviously like to have defended the orchestra, but it was all decided beforehand.’

Boder, 57, says he won’t renew his contract, which ends this summer. He’s out.



  • tytte says:

    The orchestra actually hated him.

  • John daszak says:

    Doesn’t anyone else think this seems strange after Copenhagen’s recent pledge? Perhaps there are other reasons?

  • Anon says:

    Impossible to say for anyone to know the true motives, except the man himself and maybe his boss.
    Could be a face saving move, throwing in the towel, before being shown the door. We don’t know.
    As far as the orchestra hating him comment is concerned: isn’t that the norm for most orchestras? AFAIK it mostly goes like a typical marriage. In love, a couple of years passionate coupling, then cooling off, and eventually outright hatred and war.
    Only the speed of the detoriation varies. On top of that chief conductors are usually wonderful scapegoats, if things don’t run as smoothly as they could. Never ever are orchestra musicians themselves responsible for their share of problems, that is totally impossible. It’s always the conductor, or the management, or someone else.