Back in Baltimore, where he’s music director emeritus, the Russian maestro reaffirms some olde-worlde attitudes in an interview with Tim Smith:
TS: A few years ago, you were quoted as saying that you did not believe women should conduct. That caused controversy and led to some protests. Just for the record, what is your view about women on the podium?
YT: Yes, women can be conductors. I am not against them conducting. But I simply don’t like it. There are women boxing and weightlifting; they can do that. But I don’t like watching. It is only my taste. We all have different tastes. For example, I don’t eat fish.
Full interview here. Make some allowance for dry Russian humour and perversity.
Baltimore’s present music director is Marin Alsop.
Help is at hand for women conductors here.