Lyric Opera chorus master quits
by Lawrence A. Johnson – (via Chicago Classical Review) - Martin Wright, chorus master of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, has abruptly resigned from the post, less than halfway through his first season on the job.
In a cryptic two-sentence statement released Saturday morning, the company said that Wright had resigned “for health reasons.”
After an international search, Wright was hired in March of 2011, Lyric Opera even waiting a year for him to take up the position due to a previous commitment with Netherlands Opera.
For a company that prides itself on administrative stability this sudden departure creates something of a revolving door in a key artistic position with the Lyric ensemble led by three different chorus masters (Donald Nally, Michael Black and Wright) in as many years.
Lyric general director Anthony Freud will soon announce details on an interim replacement for Wright for the remainder of the 2012-13 season, the company stated.