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Shock resignation by Scottish Opera musical director

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Scottish Opera’s musical director, the French conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak, has resigned from his post one month after taking it up.

A statement from the company said that Joel-Hornak has withdrawn for personal reasons. He was announced as the company’s fifth musical director in April and took up his post replacing Francesco Corti in August.

Scottish Opera’s head of press Kenny Young told The Stage that he was unable to add any further comment, saying: “From our point of view, we are just not able to comment on staff’s personal reasons.”

The company has begun the process of finding a new musical director and will be announcing a replacement for 2014’s March/April production of Macbeth and May-August production of Madama Butterfly, Joel-Hornak had been scheduled to conduct. It has announced that its St Andrews in the Square Concert, scheduled for October 6, has been postponed.

Joel-Hornek had had a relationship with the company for a number of years, leading the orchestra on four occasions as a guest conductor. These included the critically acclaimed productions of La traviata in 2008 and Hansel and Gretel in 2012.

The Stage was not able to reach Emmanuel Joel-Hornak for further comment.

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