Munich Opera's Next Director Is Ousted Before His Arrival

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Christoph Albrecht will not succeed Peter Jonas as general director of Munich's Bavarian State Opera next year as planned. Albrecht and the Bavarian government are currently negotiating the terms of "the dissolution of Prof. Albrecht's contract," a spokesperson said in a statement.

According to Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Albrecht and company officials have differing ideas about the future of the company.

Kent Nagano, the company's music director designate, has agreed to serve as interim artistic director if a successor to Jonas has not been found when he retires on August 31, 2006. In addition, Jonas has agreed to "act in an honorary advisory capacity" during the transition.

The longtime general director of Dresden's Semper Oper, Albrecht was appointed in 2003 to succeed Jonas. Nagano was named the successor to music director Zubin Mehta at the same time.

Jonas, the former general director of English National Opera, has run the Bavarian State Opera since 1993.

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