The Bayreuth music director has given a guarded interview to the London Times.
The feature appears to have been prompted by the BBC Proms, where Thielemann will appear with his Dresden orchestra in September, and by SkyArts, which is livecasting the Bayreuth Ring.
Thielemann, apparently at his most relaxed, says precisely nothing.
Why did Andris Nelsons walk out from Bayreuth? No idea, nothing to do with me. ‘An enigma.’
Why was Serge Dorny fired before he could start his job in Dresden? Blank.
Are you a dictator? ‘No. Not at all. I never was. I have a north German way, half-Saxonian and half-Prussian, and this is very direct; a little rude, but also nice.’
The interview is so guarded that even the photograph is credited on the page ‘courtesy of Christian Thielemann’.
You’ll find it here, behind a paywall.