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The festival, which had its debut nine years ago, announced on Monday that Weisbrodt — who was born in Hamburg, Germany — is relocating to New York, where he shares a home with his husband, Montreal-raised singer-composer Rufus Wainwright.
“I have been, and continue to be extremely grateful for the opportunity I have been given by the Luminato Festival team, the board, the donors, our artistic colleagues here in Toronto and across Canada, and the city itself in creating this festival,” Weisbrodt said in a statement.
“From day one, I’ve been welcomed extremely openly and enthusiastically and I consider some of the things we’ve done at Luminato to be the finest of my career. I feel it is time for me to move on after these five memorable years,” he said.
One of the most ambitious performances of the festival this past June was Apocalypsis, a music drama by R. Murray Schafer about the Earth’s demise and what comes next. Almost half of the 3,191 seats at the Sony Centre had to be taken out to accommodate some of the 1,000 performers involved in the production. In his first year as artistic director, Weisbrodt won acclaim for bringing to Toronto, Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s legendary opera Einstein on the Beach.