We’re hearing rumbles from the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, where the contentious Gianluigi Gelmetti was appointed music director in January, in succession to the much-loved, late Yakov Kreizberg. We hear the players weren’t consulted, and they’re unhappy – both with the high-handedness of the appointment and with the maestro himself.
What stoked their rage all the more was an article by Christian Merlin in yesterday’s Figaro, in which rising player morale in Leonard Slatkin’s Lyon and Marko Letonja’s Strasbourg orchestras was contrasted with desperate droop at Monte Carlo. The players have the feeling that they are sinking into the relegation zone of French orchestras.
We had assumed that appointing music directors without the approval of musicians was a thing of the past. Evidently not.