Opera in uproar as boss quits over US music director row

Cottbus, a small town in Germany, is in uproar.

Musicians and singers have been protesting what they say is rough conduct by the American music director Evan Alexis Christ. The artistic director Martin Schüler has been trying to bring the two sides together.

Today he failed, and quit the job.

Christ is reported to have refused an offer of mediation. He denies this. He says: ‘ In fact I am very in favour of communication and finding a way to bring both sides together.’

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