There have been some drop-offs from the 2014 list – and some important add-ons.
Here’s our selection of the nicest, kindest, smartest, quickest press offices of 2017.
1 La Scala, Milan
All warm and cuddly since Chailly became music director
2 Chicago Symphony
A sleek, swift Muti machine
3 Salzburg Festival
The coffee’s on the counter before you’ve opened your mouth.
4 Berlin Philharmonic
Efficient as you’d expect, now with added Kirill smiles
5 Vienna State Opera
Fast, frank and fantastically professional
6 Boston Symphony
Busily proactive, literate and unfusty
7 Bavarian State Opera
Anything Vienna can do, we can…
8 Los Angeles Philharmonic
Still on the ball but less to do now Borda’s gone and Gustavo’s protecting his Caracas.
9 Garsington Festival
Model press operation, alert and good at follow-through
10 Dallas Opera
Feisty, fast and fearless
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