Vatican uproar as Sistine Chapel conductor goes

Vatican uproar as Sistine Chapel conductor goes


norman lebrecht

July 11, 2019

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Monsignor Massimo Palombella, director of the Choir of the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican has announced. Palombella, 52, has been the subject of financial allegations.

Read here.

He is credited with transforming a shambolic ensemble into a credible force, gaining a record contract with Deutsche Grammophon and generally raising musical standards at the Holy See.

Here’s an FT update.


  • John Sorel says:

    Financial allegations? In the Vatican? Well-well, whatever next, eh?

  • James says:

    The money was just resting in his account.

  • Len says:

    Enough! You went to Las Vegas whilst that poor child was supposed to be in Lourdes!

  • Marc says:

    Mons Palombella was more concerned about the CDs and their marketing than about the exemplary quality of the liturgical work at Saint Peter’s; I hope his successor will have a different focus.

  • Bernadette says:

    The Woodpigeon (as he is known to translators) made that choir sound like a fire in a pet shop. Their concert at Westminster Cathedral was virtually inaudible, so strange were the aims and methods of this untrained puppeteer. Just as well he had his hand in the till – he needed sacking, and quick!