News out of Dresden today states that Fabio Luisi has announced his early resignation from the Staatsoper Dresden. As Chief Conductor/Music Director since 2007, Luisi was contracturally tethered until 2012. He had also announced in June 2009 that he'd be stepping in (after Gatti's 3-year contract expired) as General Director of the Opernhaus Zürich starting in the 2012/2013 season.
In advance of his heartbreaking decision, Maestro Luisi wrote an elegant, pretty harsh, open letter to his colleagues at the Staatskapelle, addressing everyone from the A.V. staff to the choir members about his resignation, marked with disappointment.
He repeats that throughout his tenure, he enforced his personal philosophy of open dialogue, teamwork, and a coexistence of musical ideas -- a cooperation shaped by loyalty and openness and a willingness to find solutions to any problem, big or small.
He says was severely disappointed by the management of the Staatskapelle. During the planning and negotiations of the 2010 Silvesterkonzertes he was left out of the loop (as Musical Director, this violates his contract) and management went ahead with the planning of the festival, regardless of his input. All negotiations from that point forward were dicey, ending in Maestro Luisi's decision.
Click the link to read an excerpt of Maestro Luisi's letter...