Our friends at Scherzo magazine report that relations between the conductor Jesus Lopez-Coboz and the Teatro Real director Gerard Mortier have reached snapping point, with someone leaking a letter to a German website, threatening legal action if Maestro doesn’t get satisfaction within seven days.
Apparently Mortier told an Austrian newspaper that J L-C used to be music director at the Real, ‘but we threw him out’. This, says JL-C, is misrepresentation of the facts and a stain on his honor, the more so since it was he who declined to renew his contract.
We don’t pretend to understand the ins and outs of this complicated personnel matter, but it bears more than passing resemblance to the state of affairs at Madrid’s other Real, the football club, where the foreign manager, Mourinho, appears to be on his way out.
If any Spanish speaker would care to translate the conductor’s letter and enlighten us about the situation, we’d be grateful. Gracias!