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Just in: Maestro has fourth baby

May 23, 2018 by norman lebrecht

9 comments.


The Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro, who gave birth to triplets in January 2017, has been delivered of a baby boy, Joao Joaquim.

The triplets are two girls and a boy, so she now has equal numbers.

Joana, 42, will return to the podium in Europe in August. She is also music director of the Berkeley Symphony in California.


Comments (9)

  1. Elizabeth Owene says:

    Gosh poor woman must be exhausted four children in such a short time. I hope she has lots of help.

  2. Sue says:

    Ah, the joy of triplets!! And another child now at the age 42 years of age and then back to work!! Where does this woman get her superhuman resilience? Does she have a team of nannys? One child is exhausting at 26, let alone 4 at 42!!!

    1. Sharon says:

      I’m sure with all the traveling she does have a team of nannys. But with paying for the nannys will she be able to afford the music lessons?

    2. Barry Guerrero says:

      I’ve only seen her conduct the Berkeley Symphony once – maybe three or four years ago. Like so many young, up and coming conductors, she was very energetic and very clear with her beat. The orchestra really responded to her. I can’t remember the program now, but it seemed plenty challenging. I enjoyed it.

  3. NN says:

    Maestro is a very old school title. And the correct gender form would be Maestra.

    1. Lincoln Herring says:

      My conducting teacher (a woman) at University of Michigan was always critical of the term maestra and personally preferred the term maestro. Curious if other SD readers have any input.

      1. Myrtar says:

        Maestra is feminine for maestro, regardless of what your conducting teacher thought. In Italy you don’t call a female teacher “maestro”.

  4. George says:

    Jeez, that’s not going to do much for her career. Maybe time to call it a rest?

    1. Barry Guerrero says:

      It says that she’s going to return to the podium, in Europe, in August. If she’s that good, people will wait for her return. I applaud her for trying to balance her life between career and family. I’m sure it’s never easy.


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