Cologne terminates its opera chief

Cologne terminates its opera chief


norman lebrecht

November 18, 2020

The city has told Opernintendantin Birgit Meyer it won’t extend her contract beyond 2022.

The reason? She has been there 10 years and they want a new face.

Beyond that? The bill for rebuilding the opera will top a billion Euros, four times the approved estimate.

Someone has to pay that price and it won’t be the politicians.

Meyer, 60, gave up a flourishing medical practice in order to work in a crisis-ridden art form. She deserves better treatment.


  • Dicker_Pittter says:

    Good decision for Cologne. Tell me one music professional in Cologne and around who was not complaining about her.

  • We privatize your value says:

    That’s cheap. I mean the Cologne behaviour. But then again, in North Rhine-Westphalia, not many things work these days.

  • Alexander T says:

    Terminate? Sounds rather drastic….

  • John Borstlap says:

    I read the title of this post very differently, but fortunately my concern appeared unfounded.