French orchestra overrules its musicians in hiring Charles Dutoitmain
Musicians in the Orchestre National de France were asked by their management if they agreed to have Charles Dutoit come in place of Emmanuel Krivine to conduct Berlioz next week.
Radio France reports that a vote was taken among 83 musicians. Sixty percent said they did not want Dutoit, who has been accused of sexual misdemeanours by eight women.
The management then said it had already invited Dutoit and it was too late to disinvite him. Quite a few players are furious.
The musicians’ union has declared itself powerless to do anything in this situation.
This is democracy in the age of Emanuel Macron.