Gardner stays in frame for Covent Garden

Gardner stays in frame for Covent Garden


norman lebrecht

June 17, 2021

The British conductor Ed Gardner today extended his contract with the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, but for one year only, to 2024.

That’s when Antonio Pappano is due to leave Covent Garden and join the LSO.


  • Una says:

    Let’s hope he gets Covent Garden. Great if he did.

  • rupert says:

    That would potentially see Gardner heading up the LPO and ROHCG – good for music-making in London, IMHO.

  • Mark Mortimer says:

    Oh dear- he’s mediocre at best

    • Ah, another EXPERT heard from. I love you guys who give definitive word on all that’s commented on with such confidence that you even believe it. Have you even heard a concert of Gardner’s?

      • Donna Pasquale says:

        Nah. That’s the whole point of slipped Disc. You get really knowledge people who love music along with a bunch of racists and wind up merchants.

        • norman lebrecht says:

          that is not even a fraction of the point of SD, with 2 million monthly readers, but thanks for noticing.

  • Evan Tucker says:

    Bad baaaaaad idea….

    Gardner at the LPO is a good fit. Even if he’s not as good as Jurowski (few are) he’ll continue Jurowski’s explorations of eclectic repertoire, which he does magnificently. But has Gardner ever acquitted himself in operatic repertoire more than reliably OK?

    Meanwhile Pappano is right next door and if Gardner does both CG and the LPO, everybody will be wondering why Pappano couldn’t just keep going with Covent Garden while at the LSO.

    Noseda, Chung, Harding, Nott, Luisi, some younger names, even Nelsons if he leaves Boston, these are all appointments that would make more sense.

    • Player says:

      Yes, masterfully so, for ENO in Die Meistersinger, Peter Grimes, even Cav & Pag… so he is well qualified.

      • Player says:

        Old Etonian, male, grey hair (now), not exactly LGBT etc (Alison Balsom!), and a talented Brit for the post-Brexit Global Britain era at Covent Garden… all too triggering? (Ducks…) But, whisper it quietly, he is Good.

    • Saxon says:

      More to the point, the LPO means he conducts at Glynbourne. Surely he wouldn’t also conduct at Covent Garden if he is doing that.

      • Player says:

        Bernard Haitink had one year (1987-88) where he overlapped as Music Director of Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera…. having previously headed the LPO.

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    I’m disappointed Sue Sonata Form has not commented. Where are you?