Just in: Music director is fired halfway through first seasonNews
Stuttgart Ballet last night dismissed its music director Mikhail Agrest, midway through his first full season.
Apparently there was an incident last month during a rehearsal of John Cranko’s Onegin.
Tamas Detrich, Artistic Director of the Stuttgart Ballet, said: ‘Due to past and current events, I feel compelled to protect my dancers. If dance and music are no longer in harmony, then we miss our goal. I am deeply disappointed.’
Agrest, who is Russian-American, succeeded the long-serving James Tuggle in 2019.
A staff conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre, he had major opera successes in London and Helsinki. It appears that in Stuttgart he fell out with the veteran Canadian dancer Reid Anderson, who is the company’s powerhouse.