In news just in (for me), Richard Mills has “withdrawn” from Opera Australia’s production later this year of Wagner’s Ring, which he had previously been due to conduct.

He was, to me, at least, a surprising selection in the first place for this very important role. It’s not as if he has done a lot of Wagner.

That doesn’t necessarily explain what happened. There’ll be speculation but the general rule with these things is that nobody who thinks they really know and has some basis for that belief is likely to tell even the truth as they see it.

No replacement has yet been announced,

Never mind, experience is not required. It’s time for a national living treasure to step in.

The first comment on the Limelight Magazine page where I read the news has a suggestion:

“I can imagine this happening. I hope AO considers Richard Gill, couldn’t imagine a better conductor for the Ring.”


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