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Sebastian F Schwarz resigns as Glyndebourne general director

Sebastian F Schwarz has stepped down as general director at Glyndebourne Sebastian F Schwarz has stepped down as general director at Glyndebourne
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Sebastian F Schwarz has announced he is stepping down as general director of Glyndebourne after less than two years at the opera company.

Schwarz was appointed to Glyndebourne in November 2015 and took up the post the following May, joining from Theater an der Wien in Vienna, where he was artistic director.

In a statement, the company’s executive chairman Gus Christie said after “much careful reflection”, he and Schwarz had agreed Schwarz would step down from the position.

Christie will replace Schwarz on an interim basis, assuming the role of acting general director until a successor is appointed.

Speaking about his departure, Schwarz said he had gained an understanding of: “Glyndebourne’s unique and complex business model, on which its success and survival are dependent, and for which the general director is responsible, alongside providing the artistic strategy”.

Schwarz’s future plans have not yet been announced. He said: “While planning the seasons up to 2021, I have realised I feel most at home in a position that allows me to concentrate more fully on creating and executing the artistic vision of an organisation.”

He added: “I will miss working with many wonderful colleagues and friends towards the common goal of creating transformative operatic experiences at Glyndebourne and wish the company all the best for its way forward.”

Schwarz will continue his involvement in the company next year when he will chair the jury of the first Glyndebourne Opera Cup – the company’s new singing competition, which was launched by Schwarz earlier this year.