Early in his career, the controversial German conductor gave an insight on his priorities to our featured interviewer, Bruce Duffie. This is the second in a short series of Duffie interviews.
‘Opera conducting is more an adventure than concert conducting. And don’t forget a concert usually is from 8 to 10. An opera like Rosenkavalier begins maybe at 6 and ends at 11. Tristan is longer, and Götterdämmerung is, my God, six hours!
‘I don’t like to talk about money, but I get the same for Rosenkavalier (as for) a concert. You don’t make music to make money. That’s not right, but an opera like Rosenkavalier is so exhausting that you cannot imagine. You as a conductor have to get them all together. Sometimes they are not very exact, and you must be friendly since you have to keep it together — which sometimes can be quite hard.’
Read the full interview here.