Just in: Simone Young calls time on Hamburg

Just in: Simone Young calls time on Hamburg


norman lebrecht

December 09, 2011

The Australian conductor will give up her two jobs as director of Hamburg Opera and general music director of the city, in 2015.

Young, who is 50, told the Vienna newspaper Der Standard that she needs more free time to spend with her music. It may be that she has her eyes on other vacancies coming up around that time – notably, Covent Garden.

In a Lebrecht Interview last year, she talked of her concerns for ageing parents back hone and of the umbilical cord that will ultimately take her back to Australia. She’s in Vienna to conduct Strauss’s Daphne at the Staatsoper.

Artikelbild: Kehrt nun  sehr gerne  an die Wiener Staatsoper  zurück
-  Dirigentin  Simone Young.  - Foto: Staatsoper


  • Randolph Magri-Overend says:

    Hi Norman – Just read your latest Mahler….congrats on an illuminating book. Did I ever tell you how I was instrumental (!) in getting Simone Young to conduct for the first time in Australia. If you’re interested I can send you copies of an article published in The Australian on the subject. Cheers

  • Duncan Reed says:

    Simone Young to follow Antonio Pappano at the Garden? Good lord no, not when the field will be Mark Elder, Semyon Bychkov and Nicola Luisotti…