Madrid’s Teatro Real Makes Up With Gérard Mortier, Two Weeks After Firing Him

While being treated for cancer this month, Mortier found himself replaced as artistic director of Spain’s largest opera house after suggesting publicly that there were no Spaniards fit to succeed him. Now, doubtless to avoid a lawsuit, the Real has named Mortier artistic adviser. Says the house’s president, “There has been absolutely no firing” – just a switch to a position “with less concrete functions.”