Conductor takes fourth wife, way to go

Conductor takes fourth wife, way to go


norman lebrecht

November 21, 2011

In a signal demonstration of hope over experience, Leonard Slatkin has simultaneously signed a new contract in Detroit and a new wife, Cindy McTee, his fourth.



He may be approaching a record for the profession. Felix Weingartner married five times. Can anyone top that?


  • Tommy says:

    Well for a start there’s Andre Previn – married five times, to Betty Bennett, Dory Langdon, Mia Farrow, Heather Sneddon and Anne-Sophie Mutter. He’s still got time for more, presumably.

  • Malcolm James says:

    Edo de Waart (known I believe as Edo Divorce) is on his 6th marriage.

    • Abraham says:

      I believe his 5th relationship was with Mezzo Soprano Susan Graham, and it lasted for 6 years before he married Rebecca Dopp, a soprano.

    • Tony says:

      In Minneapolis when Edo de Waart was music director, there were bumper stickers which said “HONK IF YOU HAVE BEEN MARRIED TO EDO DE WAART”

  • Ziggy says:

    Ah, the triumph of hope over experience…! Some men just function better married: he may be one of them.

  • Tristan Jakob-Hoff says:

    Charles Dutoit and Bernard Haitink are both on their fourth. And of course Mutter and Previn have split up now, meaning Previn is on track for number six.

  • The Russian conductor Yuri Simonov finally settled down with his SEVENTH wife Olga Muzyka. Everyone said he finally married “music”…

  • Colin Eatock says:

    A mere three marriages for Andrew Davis, chaste lad that he is.

  • Hi –

    Makes me think about composers – which ones had the most wives?
    And which ones had none — Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Gershwin…

    Was Handel also “single?”


    Then of course, who had the most kids. Can anyone top Bach?

    Beth Greenberg
    New York City

  • Mati Braun says:

    Those conductors are rich. Some of them make their money as train conductors.

  • Richard Hertz says:

    divorces are painful. some people should realize they are not marriage material.