Yesterday the Royal Danish Opera announced that its Artistic Director Keith Warner had resigned prematurely. His contract was due to expire in 2014.
The official press release included this statement from Keith Warner:
“It is with immense sadness that I feel I must resign my post at the Royal Danish Opera. A combination of factors, made acute by the recent devastating budget cuts, has led me to feel that in the present circumstances, I am unable to realise my great dreams for the company. We part good friends. The talent of the performing company is beyond compare and the dedication of the entire staff is without reproach. I’m sure we will continue to build pathways towards each other in the future.”
But is that all? Apparently not.
The speech he gave to opera house staff (as documented in Politiken) tells a different story.
Saying he actually handed in his resignation as early as November, he goes on to slam senior management. "Why would I not resign?" he asks. "I have to front to you and the world endless decisions over which I am given shallow choices, little real control and absolutely no respect."