Nicolas Joel has informed the French Minister of Culture that he will not seek a second term as director of the Opéra in face of budget cuts of 2.5 percent in each of the next three years.
Joel’s term is up in 2015. Many will conclude that he is giving up without a fight.
The previous Paris director, Gerard Mortier, is sticking to his present job at the Tearo Real in Madrid, despite an immediate budget cut of 35 percent. There may be more to this resignation than meets the eye. The cuts may be worse than presently stated. Read Joel’s statement here.