The town of Aachen has announced a new general music director.
He’s American, 32, and about to step into the post which, in 1935, catapulted Herbert von Karajan to mass adulation and notoriety.
Kazem Abdullah was previously an assistant at the Metropolitan Opera from 2006-09; he has since conducted in Sao Paolo, Brazil. More about him here.
Karajan, who was 27 when he came to Aachen, had previously resigned from a dead-end job at Ulm.
Karajan willingly served a racialist regime. Abdullah represents cultural change in a multicultural Germany. Odd, how the world turns.