Breaking: Vienna Opera fires principal cello

The Vienna State Opera has confirmed to us that a principal cello in the opera orchestra was dismissed yesterday instantly and without notice following allegations of sexual misconduct in his role as a teacher at the University of Music.

The man had previously been sacked from the university. His appeal against dismissal was dismissed this week by a labour court.

Under Austrian law the player, who is also a principal cello of the Vienna Philharmonic, cannot be named.

The Vienna Philharmonic has just followed suit.





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  • Out of interest, by saying he’s the principal cello, haven’t they just effectively named him? That whole “under Austrian law…” is essentially specious.

    • The post reads “A principal cello,” and two things strike me: it looks lie very careful wording, perhaps designed to avoid breaking the law; if there are several principal cellos (how does that work?) then as well as the guilty party others are being put under suspicion by those not quite in the know — i.e. those whoo know who is now an ex-principal cello.

      Otherwise, LewesBird is quite right.

    • Not quite.

      If they named him, it then gets indexed all over the internet and in newspapers. Whether or not he deserves it, he’d be branded for life.

      And as another poster noted, the orchestra is small enough that it’s pretty easy to monitor players who abruptly leave.

  • Yet bullying in the London orchestras doesn’t raise an eyebrow, not even in column inches. How many players are ruined by this silent and subversive act? Elephant in the room. Who shall speak out or research this well hidden monstrosity?

      • ==== I’m presuming Mr Clark-Maxwell that you are not a professional musician. This is the underworld of the profession. We are all acutely aware of this matter.

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