The LA Phil’s chief executive, Simon Woods, resigned last night, with immediate effect.
LA Opera’s general director, Placido Domingo, is absent while a law firm investigates numerous, nameless claims of misconduct. Even if he is completely exonerated, Domingo at 78 needs to go.
That leaves the city’s two international performing companies simultaneously headless.
(UPDATE: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is also seeking a CEO.)
The situation is no coincidence. The board of LA Opera has long been asleep on its watch. The board of the LA Phil has, by contrast, probably been hyper-awake.
They need to talk. The future of LA arts is at stake. The next-gen execs who are chosen must have some measure of strategic coordination, thinking beyond the narrow parameters of their institution to the wider question of what is best for the arts in LA.
They must be people who know and love LA, who can come up with a coherent vision.
Renee Fleming would be wrong. So would Deborah Rutter. Move down one gen.
Anyone in mind?