Not a month goes by without the music director of one little-known North American orchestra taking the same post at another, and arranging to commute between them.
This is a common occurrence.
Less common nowadays is the phenomenon of a leading conductor holding several jobs in different countries. Herbert von Karajan held the record in the 1950s with five – Vienna State Opera, Berlin Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, La Scala (German rep) and the Salzburg Festival.
One current champion, we think, works in triplicate. That would be Jonathan Nott at Geneva, and Tokyo and Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (he has given up Bamberg).
Can anyone beat that?
Well, there’s Rossen Milanov with four, or possibly five.
Any other busy batons out there?