All-new classical power couples of 2017

We present, by popular request, a revised Slipped Disc power list:

1 Anna Netrebko and Yusuf Eyvazov

2 Minnesota music director Osmo Vänskä and concertmaster Erin Keefe

3 Powerhouse Daniel Barenboim, pianist and festival director Elena Bashkirova

4 LSO chief Sir Simon Rattle, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena

5 Boston chief Andris Nelsons, hyper soprano Kristine Opolais


6 Trumpeter Alison Balsom and new husband, director Sam Mendes

7 Tenor Roberto Alagna, soprano Aleksandra Kurzak

8 Soprano Sonya Yoncheva, conductor Domingo Hindoyan


9 Soprano Elina Garanca, conductor Karel Mark Chichon

10 Conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky and pianist Viktoria Postnikova, together since 1969

11 Conductor David Robertson and pianist Orli Shaham

12 Composers Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière

13 Cellist Alisa Weilerstein, conductor Rafael Payare

14 Glyndebourne hosts Gus Christie and Danielle DeNiese

15 Violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Leonard Elschenbroichn (UPDATE: Break-up)

16 Composer György Kurtág, pianist Marta Kurtág

17 Israeli composers Noam Sherriff and Ella Sheriff

18 Met boss Peter Gelb, conductor Kerri-Lynn Wilson

19 Pianist David Fray, director Chiara Muti


20 Cellist David Finckel and  pianistWu Han, chamber music entrepreneurs

21 Soprano Nino Machaidze, baritone Guido Loconsolo.

22 Soprano Diana Damrau, bass-baritone Nicola Testé.

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    • Nothing special? Such spiteful unfeeling rot.
      Following his wife’s death Kleiber told a friend:
      ‘she was a samurai. And what am I? A dishrag…’

      • She may ne fabulous, but that doesn’t change the fact that she IS still packing them on. And that can’t be healthy, or good for her career for that matter. Let’s not pretend that looks don’t matter. Should they? No. Do they? Yes.

  • Soprano Diana Damrau and bass-baritone Nicolas Testé (and thanks to both of you for a wonderful recital at Broad Stage in Santa Monica on March 12)

    Soprano Olga Peretyatko-Marriotti and conductor Michele Mariotti

    • Obviously one of the greatest classical music power couples in history, but I think Norman’s list was limited to the living.

    • You are not alone. And the suggestion in the post that this came to be “by popular request” is a bit worrisome.

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