Franz Welser-Most abruptly resigns from Vienna State Opera

September 5, 2014 4:40 PM

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Conductor Franz Welser-Möst has abruptly stepped down from his post as music director of the Vienna State Opera, according to a statement from the company Friday.

The opera said his unexpected departure, which comes at the start of the new season, is the result of "irreconcilable differences of opinion regarding the company’s artistic planning and profile."

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