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