US conductor is terminated in Germany

US conductor is terminated in Germany


norman lebrecht

May 08, 2018

Trustees of the Cottbus Staatstheater have ended the contract of Generalmusikdirector Evan Christ, following internal upheavals.

While extolling his musical achievements, they added ‘but this must not be attained at the price of massive pressure and fear.’

A code of conduct will be written for future directors at the Brandenburg theatre.

UPDATE: Evan Christ says: ‘I still have a contract until 2024.  I have not been terminated. I will be negotiating with the trustees of the Staatstheater to find a way to mutually resolve my contract.’


  • msc says:

    He will be back in three days…

    Yes, I know that is an over-used joke, but it is my first time….

  • RW2013 says:

    So many years in Cottbus would drive anyone crazy.

  • Lausitzer says:

    Next bang: Trustees now also fired the CEO, Martin Roeder, with immediate effect.

    Many observers consider the move an attempt to shield the responsible minister (Martina Münch) from the fallout of this debacle. As one trustee remarked: If you put all problems under the carpet the pile will eventually get so large that you stumble over it.