24 January 2012

Keith Warner to leave the Royal Danish Theatre due to devastating budget cuts

The budget cuts at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen continues to create havoc in the beautiful Danish capital: Now Keith Warner resigns in protest.

Keith Warner announced at a staff meeting at the Opera House that he has been granted a release from his contract, which was to expire on 31 July 2014.

As a consequence Jakub Hrůša, who has since October 2011 been acting artistic consultant for Keith Warner, has announced that he no longer wishes to assume the position as music director at the Royal Danish Theatre as of the summer of 2013.

Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera, Keith Warner, states:

“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."

Director of the Royal Danish Theatre Erik Jacobsen regrets Keith Warner’s decision and states:
“I sincerely regret that Keith Warner no longer wishes to stay in Copenhagen. I will now in joint collaboration with the rest of the theatre’s management and board of directors ensure that the transitional period until a new artistic director has been found will be as smooth as possible. The repertoire at the Royal Danish Opera has already been planned for the next couple of years. So we will allocate the necessary time it will take to find a new artistic director who is to ensure a high artistic standard.”

Until a new artistic director has been appointed, Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera Sven Müller will assume responsibility for the artistic management of the Opera House.

1 comment:

Jeffrey Sarver said...

Bad move, Mr Warner. Not only do you put your own inflated ego ahead of the well-being of a company that has done you nothing but good, you show yourself to a bad judge of of career arcs. Who will ever trust you again to lead them through the inevitable tough times that occur in every arts venue.

You might have taken this loss of public funds which you have had to play with and show the same public how truly innovative and creative you really are by doing great shows on reduced budgets. Now THAT would have been genius. Not flouncing off in a snit after making a hollow and self-absorbed gesture of petulance.