Bild reports that talks to renew the conductor’s contract have stalled over a small but stubborn issue.
Thielemann is demanding more days off on tour. The Dresden Staatskapelle management say he already has more free days than his predecessors.
Thielemann, 57, has bestowed star status on the ancient but long-marginalised orchestra since he joined in 2012. His televised New Year’s concert reached 980,000 ZDF viewers, though this represents a dip on past peak years.
He would have left Dresden soonerhad he won the election to the Berlin Philharmonic last year.