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Visitors of the traditional Opera Ball crowd the dance floor at the state opera in Vienna, Austria on Thursday Feb. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
FILE - The Jan 1, 2013 file photo shows Austrian maestro Franz Welser-Moest conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. Welser-Moest is quitting as music director of the Vienna State Opera with immediate effect, citing “differences” with opera director Dominique Meyer. Moest also says he will not conduct or participate in any of this year’s productions, leaving one of the world’s premier operas scrambling for replacements. In a letter made public Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 Moest said that “differences over artistic issues were not solvable in several meetings.” (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)
Austrian maestro Franz Welser-Moest conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The concert is being broadcast to over 80 countries around the globe. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Austrian Maestro Franz Welser-Moest, right, and Director of the state opera Dominique Meyer wait for the arrival of the Austrian president for the traditional Opera Ball in front of the state opera in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday, March 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Organizer of the traditional Viennese opera ball Desiree Treichl-Stuergkh, right, and director of the Vienna State Opera Dominique Meyer, right, from France talk before a news conference on the upcoming opera ball, at the state opera in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. The opera ball will take place on Thursday, March 3. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
General view of the the traditional New Year's concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Austrian maestro Franz Welser-Moest at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The concert is being broadcast to over 80 countries around the globe. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
General view of the the traditional New Year's concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Austrian maestro Franz Welser-Moest at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The concert is being broadcast to over 80 countries around the globe. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Memers of the stae ballet perform during a dress rehearsal at the State Opera in Vienna, on Thursday, April 28, 2011. The Vienna State Ballet is preparing to pay tribute to Jerome Robbins, one of modern ballet's master choreographers. In an interview ahead of the May 3 premiere of an evening in his honor, ballet director Manuel Legris called him a genius. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Memers of the stae ballet perform during a dress rehearsal at the State Opera in Vienna, on Thursday, April 28, 2011. The Vienna State Ballet is preparing to pay tribute to Jerome Robbins, one of modern ballet's master choreographers. In an interview ahead of the May 3 premiere of an evening in his honor, ballet director Manuel Legris called him a genius. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Dancers of the opera ballet perform during the opening of the traditional Opera Ball at the state opera in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday, March 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
The ballet of the Viennese state opera with their young dancers perform during a dress rehearsal for the opening of the traditional opera ball in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Members of the opera ballet perform during the opening of Vienna's traditional Opera Ball, on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at Vienna's State Opera. (AP Photo/Georg Hochmuth, Pool)
The ballet of the Viennese state opera with their young dancers rehearse their appearance for the opening traditional opera ball in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
The ballet of the Viennesse state opera with their young dancers rehearse their appearance for the opening traditional opera ball in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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VIENNA (AP) - The Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in less than two weeks.

Bertrand de Billy says he refuses to work under opera director Dominique Meyer, mentioning "dishonesty" and "lack of loyalty."

The French maestro was quoted in Tuesday's Kurier newspaper that differences in March over one bar of music in a production of Wagner's "Lohengrin." sparked the dispute. After de Billy refused to conduct the performance, Meyer told him he could no longer conduct new productions.

Meyer says he "no longer had trust" in de Billy after the Lohengrin tiff.

Music director Franz Welser-Moest announced he was stepping down on Sept. 5, citing differences with Meyer over the artistic direction of what is one of the world's premier opera houses.

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