New boss in Granada

New boss in Granada


norman lebrecht

January 01, 2020

Our Scherzo colleague Antonio Moral takes over today as head of the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada.

He succeeds the conductor Pablo Heras-Cassado.

Joyce seems pleased.




  • RonMcDonald says:

    I would love to know exactly why Pablo Heras Casado left.

    • Carolyn Brooke says:

      He is the music director of the Teatro Real in Madrid, so he probably found the second job in Granada too much to manage.
      The Granada Festival really needs a shot in the arm. It became very safe, very conventional. Boring. Lost the international reach it had 10 years ago and the programme’s been cut back a lot. Pablo made an excellent start in bringing back the old spark. Good luck, Antonio. I hope you can keep the momentum going.

      • Archie_V says:

        It’s all about budgets now. Time was when Granada had the clout to bring Karajan and the BPO for three concerts, plus recitals by Rubinstein and Brendel, and – across the hill at the Generalife open-air theatre – Nureyev and Fonteyn … all during the same festival (1973, I think)! But that time has long passed. Pablo Heras-Casado did a creditable job with an impossibly restricted purse. We’ll have to wait and see how Antonio Moral manages to juggle the numbers, which is what the job of putting on that festival is mostly about these days, sadly.

      • Manu says:

        He is not the music director in Madrid, he is principal guest. Arts management in Spain is a very difficult job. It took Mr Heras-Casado too much time to fight for the Granada Festival. Moral is tougher and more experienced and will do a splendid job, as usual, he is the best promoter and programmer in Spain by far.

      • FrauGeigerin says:

        He is not Music Director in Madrid. Ivor Bolton is.