Remember when we reported last month that young Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber would be named new Music Dork (ok ok fine, "Music Director") of Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia after Madrid's historic daily newspaper, ABC, published the news? It's okay if you were sleeping...March 2010 really sucked anyway.
The story also supported that Gianandrea Noseda, Teatro Regio di Torino Principal Conductor, would be called on for maestro support as Guest Conductor when Wellber was out doing his thang: "Gianandrea Noseda será el director musical invitado".
We were just notified that after news broke last month, Noseda and his manager (Ettore Volontieri) said no to any sort of position within the orchestra owning to an overbooked schedule, and called for a retraction via a letter to Intendant of Palau de les Arts, Helga Schmidt. Musical America ran the story, an excerpt of Noseda's statement here:
“I have learned with surprise and disappointment that you have announced that I will be the Principal Guest Conductor of your Theatre. It was a pleasure to conduct your orchestra on the occasion of the concert on February 11 and also a nice professional experience, but as I told you clearly during our meeting my schedule does not allow me to take on any long term commitments. I have also clearly asked you to be in touch with my manager Ettore Volontieri to explore the possibility of a future collaboration, in connection to co-production projects with the Teatro Regio (Torino).”
We're just trying to get the word out. If you want to catch Noseda in action, do not -- I REPEAT DO NOT -- book a flight to Valencia. Noseda is so outta there.