The experienced Russian director Michael Fichtenholz is leaving Zurich Opera after just three years as artistic director.
The official line is this: Michael Fichtenholz has decided to leave Zurich Opera House at the end of the current 2020/2021 season after three successful seasons…. We are very sorry to see Michael leave the Opera House, but we support his artistic aspirations and wish him all the best for the future. Until the end of this season, Michael Fichtenholz will remain responsible for all ongoing tasks and for further planning.
Not a word has been reported in the Swiss press.
Behind the departure, we hear there were a number of human relations issues with younger members of the company.