You may have heard this one before, with different names and places.
Helmut Rilling, 78, after a lifetime at the head of the Bachakademie in Stuttgart, finally announced a retirement date. He then retracted it because he doesn’t like the nominated successor. And threatened to resign immediately. Whatever. As OscarWilde so tellingly put it, ‘For each an kills the thing he loves, by each let this be heard…’
Unlike judges and heart surgeons, there is no mandatory retirement age for conductors. Perhaps there should be. Read on here.