Conductor under #Metoo attack retires to an Austrian monasterymain
The Frankfurt Opera intendant Bernd Loebe is taking charge of Austria’s troubled Erl festival, following the withdrawal of its founding conductor Gustav Kuhn who, it is officially stated, is retiring to a monastery.
Kuhn, 73, has been pursued by claims of sexual and other forms of harassment at the festival, which he strenuously denied.
Loebe, 65, is one of the safest pairs of hands in the opera world.
Hans Peter Haselsteiner, the festival’s president, said that Kuhn had completed his duties and would ‘retire to a monastery and renounce the sordid world for some time.’