Laurent Campellone

After his dismissal as music director of the Opéra-Théâtre Saint-Etienne on the basis of, as he says, « totally ridiculous grounds », conductor Laurent Campellone (42) announced that he will refer his case to the administrative court. He told Le Figaro that the dismissal of a group of cultural executives in the South-Eastern French city « was of brutal violence and similar to a real raid ». One of the mayor’s arguments to fire his music director was the fact that he accepted invitations to conduct orchestras in Berlin, Sofia and at Moscow’s Bolshoi. « The other reason, just as grotesque, reported a so-called management problem with the musicians of the orchestra, which has never before been pointed out, » he added.

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