Music director Franz Welser-Möst's contract with the Cleveland Orchestra has been extended through the 2017-2018 season. Last year it was announced that Welser-Möst is to take up the position of General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera in 2010.
Dominique Meyer, Vienna State Opera's director designate, finds tenor Johan Botha "too fat."
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Botha with Nina Stemme in Vienna State Opera's Die Walküre (2007):
Vienna's 52nd Opera Ball featured a footballet and a performance by José Carreras. It was the first time Desiree "Desi" Treichl-Stürgkh organized the ball, which was attended by several football stars in honor of the European Championships to be held in Austria and Switzerland this summer. Other guests included Teri Hatcher, Dita von Teese, Bianca Jagger, and Anna Netrebko. According to Ö3, Dita, the guest of Richard Lugner, was well-behaved, looking more like Snow White than a stripper. She did not leave her box to waltz and departed just after midnight. Amusingly enough, Lugnar's ex wife was also in attendance.
Heather Renée Sweet, known as Dita von Teese, the burlesque star, is attending Vienna's Opera Ball (Wiener Opernball) on January 31, 2008. She was invited by Richard Lugnar, whose guest last year was Paris Hilton. I'm sure the Austrian media will have a field day.
Austrian Culture Minister Claudia Schmied announced that Ioan Holender would step down as the director of Wiener Staatsoper in the fall of 2010. Replacing him is Dominique Meyer. The music director Seiji Ozawa is also to be replaced by Franz Welser-Möst.