Accused of having sent sexual messages to musicians, conductor François-Xavier Roth withdraws from his duties

Accused of having sent sexual messages to musicians, conductor François-Xavier Roth withdraws from his duties
Accused of having sent sexual messages to musicians, conductor François-Xavier Roth withdraws from his duties

The conductor François-Xavier Roth, at the head of the Cologne Orchestra and Opera in Germany, withdrew from his functions, after an article in the https://twitter.com/canardenchaine/status/1793164487966744899 implicating him for sending SMS messages of a sexual nature, announced the administrative management of the Orchestra to Agence France-Presse on Friday May 24.

In an article published on Wednesday, the satirical weekly reports testimonies from musicians – only one of whom gives his identity – having received urgent messages from the maestro in which he would show his genitals. The newspaper does not mention any possible complaint. Contacted by AFP, Mr. Roth’s lawyer could not immediately be reached.

The one who is also the founder of the Les Siècles group, in residence at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (TCE) in recent years, will also be “replaced next season” during the concerts of this ensemble in the Parisian establishment, the TCE told AFP.

“No alert” in Les Siècles training

“As our primary objective is to ensure a transparent and thorough explanation, structures are being put in place to investigate this matter”, announced the executive director of the Orchestra, Stefan Englert, in a press release sent to AFP. The Gürzenich Orchestra takes “the information concerning François-Xavier Roth and the subject of sexual harassment takes very seriously”he continued.

After the publication of the article in the satirical weekly, François-Xavier Roth, who was to conduct a Siècles concert at the TCE on Wednesday evening, was replaced at short notice by Adrien Perruchon, as France Musique reported.

Contacted by AFP, the Les Siècles group assured on Wednesday that “the orchestra has never received any alert, nor any report from musicians concerning Mr. Roth, nor has it condoned the slightest abuse of power”. “No exclusion of musicians occurred at the initiative of Mr. Roth or was decided because of a statement concerning his behavior”she stressed.

François-Xavier Roth founded Les Siècles in 2003, the only orchestra in the world that plays multiple repertoires, from Jean-Philippe Rameau to Luciano Berio, with instruments from the period of the works in question. Since 2019, he has also been at the head of the Atelier lyrique de Tourcoing. He is also a long-standing guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

The World with AFP

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