Maestro move: A Latvian takes Berlin’s Komische

The troubled post of music director of the Komische Oper Berlin has falled to the Latvian Ainars Rubikis, formerly music director in Novosibirsk until he got into trouble with a dissident Tannhäuser.

Rubikis, 39, won the Bamberg Mahler competition in 2010 and the Salzburg Nestlé award a year later.

The Komische orchestra had rejected the company‘s first-choice music director, Antonello Manacorda. Let’s hope they give Rubikis a warmer welcome.

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