Miguel Esteban was in and out of the top job at Geneva’s Orchestre de la Suisse Romande faster than you can say ‘George Entwistle’.
Unlike the BBC chief, who walked away with a year’s salary worth around half a million dollars, Esteban is suing for the full value of his five-year contract, plus expenses and damages, a matter of 1.8 million Swiss francs.
The orchestral board is contesting the claim, arguing that its former blue-eyed boy was dismissed over ‘dysfunctions’ and ‘behavioral problems’.
We reported the filing of the lawsuit last week. The local press has details this morning. If the matter comes to open court, the greater dysfunction is likely to be the conduct of the board and members of the OSR. Full details will doubtless be sheltered by Swiss secrecy laws, but we’ll do our level best, as ever, to break them.