Conductor François-Xavier Roth withdraws after sending sexual SMS

Conductor François-Xavier Roth withdraws after sending sexual SMS
Conductor François-Xavier Roth withdraws after sending sexual SMS

The conductor François-Xavier Roth, who notably founded L’orchester des Siècles, is suspected of having sent photos of his genitals to members of his troupe, among other inappropriate messages. The chained Duck revealed the affair in its issue of Wednesday May 22, 2024, recalls theAFP.

“If I went too far…”

For his article entitled A conductor who leads his world in the pantsthe satirical weekly collected seven testimonies from men and women revealing inappropriate messages from the 52-year-old musician. “Flattering text messages and if they are unfortunate enough to respond to them, they are enriched with hearts and kiss emojis…” which are followed by messages with sexual connotations as well as sex photos, reveals one of them.

The equivocal behavior of François-Xavier Roth towards his instrumentalists would have been known for a long time in the industry and would have earned him his place at the head of the Orchester national de Paris in 2019. “It happened to me to have intimate exchanges by telephonehe admitted to the Chained Duck. If I went too far, I apologize to those I may have offended. »

Retired and replaced

François-Xavier Roth, head of the Cologne Orchestra and Opera (Germany), has stepped down from his duties, the administrative management of the Orchestra announced on Friday May 24, 2024.AFP. The Gürzenich Orchestra takes “the information concerning François-Xavier Roth and the subject of sexual harassment takes very seriously”, said the executive director of the Orchestra, Stefan Englert, in a press release. In residence at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (TCE) in recent years, François-Xavier Roth will also be “replaced next season” during concerts, explained to theAFP the TCE.

Contacted by theAFPthe Les Siècles training assured Wednesday May 22, 2024 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 emphasized.

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