Le Grand Macabre Conductor Has Emergency Back Surgery

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Michael Boder, who has been conducting Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre at the San Francisco Opera, has withdrawn from the production due to emergency back surgery, the Mercury News reports.

Boder led the opera's American premiere on October 29. Alexander Rumpf, general music director for the Oldenburg State Theatre in Oldenburg Germany, will take his place for performances starting tomorrow.

Boder's doctors say it is possible the conductor will return for the final performance on November 21.

Le Grand Macabre, a farce that takes place in a mythical country on the brink of an apocalypse, premiered in Stockholm in 1978.


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