Insolvent Ulster’s conductor makes his Vienna Phil debut

Rafael Payare had barely lifted a baton in Belfast this season before his new orchestra was confronted with looming bankruptcy.

As light relief from the troubles of Northern Ireland, the young Venezuelan will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic this Saturday and Sunday at the Musikverein, and in Paris next Tuesday, substituting for the late Lorin Maazel.

The concert will include Maazel’s piece ‘The Giving Tree’, narrated by his widow, Dietlinde Maazel.

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  • Let’s hope he brings a few of those wonderful female players with him 🙂 Before you all chip in against me, this is a bit of tongue in cheek British humour 🙂

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