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Melissa Bradshaw

Marin Alsop to open her first season as ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra chief conductor

4:06, 9th September 2019

Marin Alsop begins her tenure as chief conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra on 24 October when she conducts the opening concert of the Vienna RSO’s subscription series at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

A pioneer for greater opportunities for women conductors, Alsop made history by becoming the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms in 2013 and will become the first woman to take up the chief conductor role with the Vienna RSO. She will be with the orchestra for an initial period of three years, conducting concerts, operas, tours, broadcasts and recordings.

Alsop’s first concert will feature a world premiere by Lera Auerbach, Eve’s Lament – O Flowers, That Never Will Grow – alongside Hindemith’s rarely performed one-act opera Sancta Susanna and his symphony Mathis der Maler. ‘Vienna is a musical city like no other and was central to the careers of two of my idols – Mahler and Bernstein, both of whose music I have conducted with this orchestra,’ Alsop commented. ‘I am excited to get started with the Vienna RSO this autumn and to work with these great musicians on a wide range of concert repertoire, including world premieres, as well as many recordings, tours and education initiatives that we’re discussing.’

In 2002 Alsop founded the Taki Concordia Fellowship to promote and nurture the careers of emerging female conductors and will continue her work in this field in Vienna with three days of workshops for women conductors in collaboration with the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW), joined by renowned conductor Sylvia Caduff. On 30 October Alsop will also be part of a panel discussion called ‘Gender Equality in music, ten years from now’ taking place at the MDW and discussing the steps that need to be put in place to help the industry work toward a goal of 50/50 gender parity.


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