Vienna Opera chief: I was fired

Vienna Opera chief: I was fired


norman lebrecht

December 21, 2016

The general director of the Vienna State Opera has just issued a dignified statement in the thick of a political storm.

Yesterday, to my regret, I was told that my contract will not be prolonged again, but today I would like to focus on the positive side of things.
I am very grateful to the Austrian state to have given me the opportunity to spend 10 years (13 even, including the period of designation) in the service of this wonderful institution, surrounded by a competent and dedicated team, which has always supported me. I will continue to do my job with the same enthusiasm until the end of my term
in 2020.
I wish much luck and success to my successor Bogdan Roščić for the fulfilling and challenging task which awaits him. When I was informed about the decision, I assembled all members of the management staff and asked them to support the new director in the implementation of all his projects, in order to secure the Wiener Staatsoper a bright future.

I, for my part, will look for new horizons.

UPDATE: Vienna’s catastrophic error.


  • Kike Daube says:

    Mr Lebrecht, at the time of reading this post I do not see Mr Dominique Meyer’s name anywhere. Surely if you publish a post about someone you should include his name at least once?

  • EricB says:

    Well, I do hope his “new horizons” might include Geneva, which is looking for its next Director….

    • Daniel F. says:

      Or, with the hope that the Met Opera’s Board will by 2019 have seen the light regarding the horrific Peter Gelb—well why not live in hope??