French renew contentious director

French renew contentious director


norman lebrecht

December 22, 2018

The Opéra National de Bordeaux has renewed Marc Minkowski until 2022.

The general director of the Opéra  has been under pressure after replacing the musicians in a recent production with a training orchestra.


  • Jon McG says:

    Well firstly it sounds like the ONB were not able to play the dates because of other commitments – so not a problem.

    But most importantly LMDL has an extensive repertoire and discography dating back over 20 years – so how is this a ‘training orchestra’?

    I think 90%+ of your readers will have heard of LMDL – how many will have heard of ONB?

    • Mike Schachter says:

      Quite, they have strong reputation in baroque music, but not exclusively. They seem to have done a lot of training!

  • jaypee says:

    Les Musiciens du Louvre are hardly a “training orchestra”. How on earth can you say something like that? The orchestra was founded in 1982 and has made dozens of recordings, several of them excellent:

    And what you fail to mention -and would have taken you 5 minutes to find out- is that the regular orchestra was not available due to a recording session.