Shakeout at Zurich Opera

Shakeout at Zurich Opera


norman lebrecht

June 15, 2021

The company says it is seeking a new director. Andras Homoki will step down in 2025.

It has also appointed a British ballet chief, Cathy Martson, and a new commercial director.

The house has been badly shaken by the unexplained dismissal of its Russian artistic director Michael Fichtenholz, following allegations that were never made public.

As ever, the cover-up was worse than the acts alleged.


  • Gustavo says:

    What’s Lohengrin up to on that pic?

    Figure captions welcome.

    • Anonymous Bosch says:

      Having suffered through that production twice (and never again!), I can only assume it is dirty work. This production represents the lowest of many low points of Dominique Meyer’s Intendanz, even worse than the Barrie Kosky disaster which it replaced (Elsa is blind, you see, so everything is cut from a storybook in two tones: grey and retina-burning chartreuse). Basta!

  • Assertion police says:

    If Fichtenholz‘ dismissal was based on “allegations that were never made public,” was is the basis for your dramatically unshakable confidence that “the cover-up was worse than the acts alleged”?