The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra has named the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan as one of two principal guest conductors from next season. The other is the expensive Christoph Eschenbach.
Even more noteworthy is that two past music directors – Neeme Jarvi and Gustavo Dudamel – will not be returning next season.
The roster of new guest conductors includes Simone Young, Han-Na Chang and Joana Carneiro. The music director is the boyish-looking Finn, Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
Gothenburg has a record of making maverick picks.