The Italian conductor has resigned after 11 years as music director following the Mayor’s decision to appoint William Graziosi as sovrintendente of the Teatro Regio Torino.
Graziosi has a chequered past history at Baltimore Opera.
Noseda has issued an unhappy personal statement:
From the desk of Gianandrea Noseda
The recent actions taken by the board of the Teatro Regio Torino are disappointing and disheartening. The fact that the quality which has propelled the theatre on the international scene has not been taken in due consideration provides a clear indication to me that there is no interest to share a common vision for the future of the Teatro Regio Torino.
Furthermore, I understand that the board of the Teatro Regio Torino has decided to cancel a long-planned return to America in May 2019, which would have included performances at the Harris Theater in Chicago, Carnegie Hall in New York and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., announced earlier this year by each institution in their 2018/19 season announcements.
Under these circumstances, I will not be available to continue my relationship with the Teatro Regio Torino. It is with deep regret that I will have to withdraw from all plans for the season 2018/19 and beyond. I will respect and intend to conduct engagements planned for this summer with the Montreux Festival, the Stresa Festival and the MITO Festival.
Once again, I thank the incredible artists of the orchestra and the chorus, the stage technicians, all the workshops workers and the staff members who shared a common vision for the Teatro Regio Torino. We have produced so much great art together and this will remain forever in the history of the house, as well as in our personal histories.