Serge Dorny’s next job?

Serge Dorny’s next job?


norman lebrecht

November 30, 2017

Munich whispers put the director of Opéra de Lyon in pole position to take over as intendant of the Bavarian State Opera in 2021, together with the conductor Vladimir Jurowski. The pair have previously worked together at the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dorny is not Munich’s first choice. He was fired from Dresden before he even started work and his tenure at Lyon has been destabilised by an expenses scandal.

But Munich has been firmly turned down by Berlin Komische’s Barry Kosky and Covent Garden’s Antonio Pappano and time is running out to name a successor to the brilliant Nikolaus Bachler-Kirill Petrenko team.

A tainted Belgian administrator with a Berlin-based conductor is starting to look like the least-worst option.


  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    They need to trawl further afield. Bachler/Petrenko will be a difficult act to follow but they shouldn’t throw in the towel this early.

  • Carlos says:

    Has Norman Lebbrecht ever written ” one” ( not two , just one ) single good word about Serge Dorny those last ten years? E.g. the fact that the opera of Lyon regularly wins prices, that the progamming was – throughout the years- reported as being outstanding by international press , that Dorny managed to twist his elderly audience in Lyon to the youngest one amongst European opera’s? This seems to smell personal harrassment ..

    • EricB says:

      Haha, you REALLY are blaming the wrong person about “personal harassment”. Ask the Lyon Opera staff, who’s had to endure the guy for 15 years now, and some of the staff in Dresden who were only able to endure him for a few months, they’ll all tell you what “personal harrassment” means !
      Yeah, the prices the Opera de Lyon won are something to boast about, but at what cost, human AND financial ? I hope Munich will have time to weight the balance before 2021 !

    • EricB says:

      PS : time has finally come for many people to recognize that artistic talent and excellence is NEVER a good excuse for human abuse of ANY kind… But apparently not for everyone.

  • Tristan says:

    everyone who takes on this job won’t have an easy way as Petrenko is just the best by far and Pappano won’t go there after such long time at ROH. Munich right now the best house especially when Kaufmann and Harteros on stage – you cannot top this.

  • Leo says:

    Its all a joke. They will have a new condenscending and arrogant Intendant, like the last one.

    Both are too much into their own a** to mind other things… opera for example.