Why was Serge Dorny really given the push? The Semperoper and the Saxon Arts Minister hosted a press conference earlier today to expand on the initial statement. A local observer noted a few details.
The minister said Dorny had wanted to change the logo, marketing, the core programming of the Staatskapelle, and more. He had spoken badly of Semperoper staff. And he had given an ultimatum and threatened to resign some time before he was dismissed.
Christian Thielemann pointed out that his relationship with Dorny was initially good - "we also talked about wines." So he was "speechless" to learn that Dorny didn't want the Ring cycle Thielemann proposed. (This will now go ahead some time between 2015 and 2017). Lyon, said Thielemann, is a different world, where Dorny is the "President" and has all the power.
There were apparently more interviews after the press conference, so expect further details to emerge.