German director is ‘inappropriate’ in Austria

German director is ‘inappropriate’ in Austria


norman lebrecht

May 21, 2019

The director Philipp Kochheim, head of the Danish national opera in Aarhus since 2017, has been told not to expect further engagements in Austria following complaints by four women about ‘inappropriate’ remarks.

Nora Schmid, director of Graz Opera, has banned him from her house. Others have taken note.

Read here.

Kochheim, 47 and German born, is also under investigation over incidents at his previous job in Braunschweig.


  • Caravaggio says:

    He should contact Gatti’s or Dutoit’s defense teams who did quite well by their clients.

  • Andreas B. says:

    the above link leads to a newspaper report from January 2018 – so this story is almost one and a half years old, and was even reported on SD at the time:

    why bring it up again? any new developments?

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    So now we are on the slippery slope from rape, sexual assault to “inappropriate remarks”.

    “You look lovely tonight in that dress and I love your hair”. Inappropriate. Find another job.

    So glad I don’t have in habit the brave new world of totalitarian social control. Need to move to Afghanistan cultural practices where the women are covered from head to toe and the men are having sex with teenaged boys. (This is a fact which has emerged during psychological counselling sessions of soldiers returning from that country.)

    • Saxon Broken says:

      Er…if you are the boss, and male, you can not say “You look lovely tonight in that dress and I love your hair” to a female employee. That is the kind of thing you say to your partner, not someone working for you.

  • Marta says:

    Welcome then to Italy! The Italian conductor Daniele Gatti, dismissed from the same reason, was engaged by the Operahouse of Rome.