At an introductory talk yesterday about South Pole, the Miroslav Srnka opera which will be premiered in Munich at the end of the month, the Staatsoper music director was asked what the difference was between conducting a work of a living composer or a dead one.
Petrenko: ‘If the composer is dead you’d like to to ask him questions, but you can’t. If the composer is alive you can ask him questions, but sometimes you’d prefer he would be already dead.’
(loud laughter and applause).
source: Miroslav Srnka