The most powerful woman in classical music – on the next Lebrecht Interview

The most powerful woman in classical music – on the next Lebrecht Interview


norman lebrecht

July 24, 2011

You know who she is without my having to name her.

Deborah Borda, boss of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl, former boss of the New York Phil and the force behind the Dude.

Deborah has spent her entire working life managing orchestras: she knows their problems deeper than anyone alive. We discuss which American orchestras are likeliest to fail, how they can connect with a different audience, why Dudamel is such a phenomenon, what really happened at the Met when Joe Volpe retired, what to look for in a conductor …. and much about her own life and times.

Deborah Borda as you’ve never heard her before. Monday 25th, 9pm UK time on BBC Radio 3… and streamed online for a week.


  • Matthew says:

    Will a transcript of this interview be available?

  • Rosana Martins says:

    I am a big fan of hers and shall certainly listen to the interview. Bravo!

  • Marie Lamb says:

    For Matthew, I’ve found nothing about the BBC providing written transcripts of this or other Lebrecht Interviews. However, after it’s on the air, it will be up with other recent ones as a podcast, which will be available for mp3 download or online listening. You can subscribe by iTunes, Yahoo and several other services, too. More about it at BTW, this is available for those outside the UK, too; I subscribe, and the iPlayer streaming audio works for me here in the USA.

    • Matthew says:



      I don’t understand why the BBC is taking so long to make everything available in transcript form.

      I generally find transcripts more enjoyable because I have more control.

      In terms of efficiency, of bandwidth and of consumption, text with perhaps a few pictures, is my preferred form of communication.

  • Fabulous interview! Recently I was asked to join a small arts organization board, and I thought ‘no way, not in these times’. But now, after listening to Deborah Borda, and hearing that infectious ‘can do’ attitude, and imagining possibilities for the 21st century, my sleeves are rolled up and I’m getting ready…