Karel Mark Chichon, a British conductor, has resigned as music director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, accusing the Miistry of Culture of reneging on promises to improve the pay of his musicians. He could, he said, no longer motivate musicians who were on such lousy wages. There has been no official response in Riga to his abrupt and principled resignation.
Chichon, 40, former chief conductor at Graz, is a regular performer at the Vienna Opera. He is married to Latvia’s star mezzo-soprano, Elina Garanca.