Boston Symphony to investigate new sexual assault claim against Dutoit

Posted on: January 3, 2018

“A former intern says that acclaimed Boston Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Charles Dutoit sexually assaulted her at Tanglewood 20 years ago,” write Malcolm Gay and Rebecca Ostriker in Tuesday’s (1/2) Boston Globe. “The orchestra has since launched an investigation. Fiona Allan, who now runs one of England’s most popular theaters [the Birmingham Hippodrome], said she was working as an intern at the Tanglewood music festival during the summer of 1997 when she entered Dutoit’s dressing room alone to deliver some papers. Within a couple of minutes, she said, Dutoit began groping her…. The alleged incident occurred the summer before Mark Volpe, the BSO’s managing director, began in that role in September…. Allan … would routinely bring musical scores and other documents to visiting conductors or soloists’ dressing rooms…. Upon leaving Dutoit’s dressing room, Allan said, she immediately encountered then-BSO orchestra manager Ray Wellbaum in a corridor, and he warned her not to meet Dutoit alone…. Wellbaum … retired as full-time BSO orchestra manager at the end of 2016 and now holds the BSO title of adviser to the managing director…. ‘[Wellbaum’s] current status as a consultant for the BSO will be reviewed upon completion of the investigation,’ the BSO said in its statement.”

Posted January 3, 2018