The Met announces that John Fisher is out

The Met announces that John Fisher is out


norman lebrecht

January 03, 2019

As we trailed six weeks ago, John Fisher’s job as head of music administration at the Met has ended.

He is returning to Wales.

The Met has hired Thomas Lausmann, Head of Music at the Vienna State Opera, to replace him from September.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin said, ‘John Fisher is a brilliant musician and one of the world’s great vocal coaches. He has been an invaluable artistic asset to the company and we are sad to see him go. I am delighted, however, that Thomas Lausmann has agreed to take on this essential position at the Met. I know that he will ensure continued musical excellence at the company.’

Fisher said, ‘I have hugely enjoyed all my years in management at the Met – it has been a real privilege. I know I will be sad to leave but I also look forward to returning to my musical career, and to returning to the Met from time to time.’



  • Martin Furber says:

    The Met’s loss is Wales’s gain. A first rate musician, a world class vocal coach and a wonderful man. Welcome back to Cardiff John.

  • John Rook says:

    John Fisher and Thomas Lausmann are both brilliant. The Met and Wales have both won.