How long should a music director stay?
January 11, 2017 by norman lebrecht
It’s a day of maestro departures.
Lan Shui has told Singapore he’s stepping down after 20 years.
Robert Moody told one of his two US orchestras that ten years was an ideal term. He’s leaving after 13.
The Italian Andrea Sanguineti is quitting Saxony after just five years.
There’s no apparent friction in any of these departure, just a sense that it’s time to move on.
Is there an x-year itch for conductors and orchestras?
What does one do when a maestro outstays his usefulness?
Who is presently the longest-serving music director? Zubin?
Which ones have stayed too long?
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