The Semperoper Dresden has sacked its Intendant. Serge Dorny's formal start date was 1 September 2014, but he has been working there since 2013 as de facto artistic director following his predecessor's death.
Now the Saxon State Ministry of Science and Arts has announced that his contract has been terminated with immediate effect. There were "differences of opinion" , they said. Dorny failed to establish "trusting" relationships with employees and bypassed the house's decision processes, despite repeated intervention by the Ministry in an effort to resolve the problems.
"To prevent damage to the house's standing at home and abroad, we see no alternative to an immediate termination." said minister Sabine von Schorlemer."I regret very much that we had to decide to take this step. The artistic qualities of Serge Dorny are undisputed."