Wednesday, 13 June 2012
FWM: ‘I don’t have time for football or pandering’
The Staatsoper’s Don Carlo prima is coming up on Saturday, which means that it’s time once again for our beloved GMD to demonstrate his congenital inability to give anything like a normal press interview. It is perhaps forgivable that one might not want to, um, play ball with inane questions about Euro 2012 – more Krone than Kurier, this – and making instead statements about anal-retentive timekeeping and the plebeian nature of football will doubtless have been met with many a murmur of approval around the breakfast tables of Hietzing. Alexander Pereira comes in for the customary abuse, because it’s not premature to question his judgement before we’ve seen any results, whereas the Meyer/FWM duo’s ‘late’ appointment merits critical restraint until at least 2015. Other stones thrown from the Staatsoper’s glass house include a curious remark about Pereira’s ‘excessive’ fondness for A-list talent. Amid the mouthing off there is, astonishingly, some room for comments about FWM’s first Staatsoper Verdi: alongside Parsifal and Così it’s one of his three favourite operas, or so he says; it’s NOT being done for Verdi 2013 (like football, anniversaries are beneath him); it needs a strong cast (er yep, no stars here); and having done some reading on Philip II lately he’s instructed the Staatsopernorchester to listen out for the polyphony of Victoria in the score. OK, maybe not that last one. But Lord knows it won’t sound like Verdi. Full interview (de) here.