Just in: Veteran opera director is fired for ‘unacceptable behaviour’

We hear that Peter Konwitschny, one of the most respected German directors, has been sacked by Gothenburg Opera three days before the opening of his production of Boris Godunov.

The company’s CEO, Christina Björklund, said his behaviour had been unacceptable. ‘There were no grey areas,’ she told Swedish Radio. ‘I feel comfortable with this decision.’

The tipping point was an incident during the dress rehearsal on Tuesday night when Konwitschny began screaming at a trumpet player who was warming up in the pit. His outburst was witnessed by a childrens’ choir.

Konwitschy, 73, was removed from the rehearsal and fired the next day.

UPDATE: Konwitschny: I was confronted by the Inquisition.

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  • Is this guy related to Toscanini or Rodzinski? Conductors have not been allowed to scream at players since at least 1965, especially unionized players. What was this guy thinking?

    • In fact, he is the son of a conductor: Franz Konwitschny (1901-1962), former Gewandhaus Kapellmeister, affectionately called “Con-whisky” due to his fondness for the distilled beverage.

  • He was quite angry! Bad of both I think!
    He could have been more diplomatic! And the trumpet guy didnt need to
    practise during the applause reherseal when the orchestra had a break,

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