The Los Angeles Times has been reading the music organisation tax returns for fiscal 2011. Its chart, published in September but only just brought to our attention, finds two conductors earning over $2 million and six more above $1m.
1 Muti (Chicago) – $2.17m
2 MTT (SanFran) – $2.03m
shock – shock – shock- shock
3 Christoph Eschenbach (Washington) – $1.93m
4 Charles Dutoit (Philadelphia) – $1.64m
5 James Levine (Met) – $1.52m
6 Gustavo Dudamel (LA Phil) – $1.43m
7 Alan Gilbert (NY Phil) – $1.34m
8 James Conlon (LA Opera) – $1.18m
How the heck did Eschy squeeze nearly $2m out of Michael Kaiser for heading an orch that’s plainly going nowhere? It tends to confirm that ‘Turnaround King’ Kaiser, the Kennedy Center chief – took his eye seriously off the job in his last years on the job.