Graz Opera has a crisis on its hands. The music director, Johannes Fritzsch, has walked out, giving a week’s notice. He’s leaving, says the company, ‘at his own request and for personal reasons’.
Fritzsch, 52, has been in Graz, Austria, since 2006. But he’s also chief conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia, and, he says, ‘after many years of professional and personal balancing act between two continents, I have decided to work and live where my family is.’ Fritzsch is married to Susan Collins, a violinist at the Sydney Opera House. He’s got his priorities right.