In an art where sex-equality is a fairly recent innovation, there have always been couples who ran parallel careers. Not many of them lasted the distance as travel and stress took their toll, but there is currently a growing pack of musical pairs with a lengthening track record.
Here’s the Slippedisc power couples list for 2014. Feel free to add more.
1 Daniel Barenboim, Elena Bashkirova
He: Berlin Staatsoper, East-West Diwan. She: Founder, Berlin Metropolis Ensemble, Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival
2 Nikolaus and Alice Harnoncourt
Players and partners for over 60 years.
3 Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kozena
He: chief conductor, Berlin Philharmonic. She: international mezzo
4 Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak
Power tenor and rising soprano, now with babe in arms
5 Sakari Oramo, Anu Komsi
He: music director Stockholm Phil, BBC SO. She: coloratura soprano, director West Coast Kokkola Opera
6 Andris Nelsons, Kristine Opolais
He: music director Boston SO. She: mightily successful soprano
7 Gus Christie, Danielle DeNiese
The Glyndebourne Festival founder married a soprano. So did his grandson.
8 Natalie Dessay, Laurent Naouri
Soprano-baritone couple, dominant in France
9 Peter Gelb, Kerry Lynn Wilson
He: general manager, Metropolitan Opera. She: international conductor
10 Nicola Benedetti, Leonard Elschenbroich
Outstanding soloists, together for eight years
11 Composer Rodion Shchedrin, Ballerina Maya Plisetskaya (h/t: Dianne Winsor)
12 Cellist Alisa Weilerstein and Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare
13 David Finckel and Wu Han
14 Russian Gennady Rozhdestvensky and pianist Viktoria Postnikova. Married since 1969.
15 Soprano Elina Garanca, married to British conductor Karel Mark Chichon.
16 Putinist pair: violinist Vadim Repin and ballerina Svetlana Zakharova.