Why Dresden dumped ThielemannNews
A blanket of silence has descended on German media over Dresden’s decision yesterday to terminate its chief conductor in 2024.
Initial leaks indicated that politicians were fed up with being dragged in to frequent conflicts at the top of the Semper Oper, but that’s hardly cause enough to drop Germany’s best home-grown conductor and, by some measure, the most popular.
The music critic Uwe Friedrich suggests on Deutschlandfunk that Corona may have been a tipping point. Thielemann was pushing for early reopening, against Government guidance and the stone wall of intendant Peter Theiler.
He goes on to say that the Semper Oper is a ‘self-satisfied company on autopilot’ and Thielemann is the ‘epitome of the conservative German conductor’.
Other views will doubtless emerge.