If you had to choose top stick of 2018 at Germany’s 130 orchestras and 80-odd opera houses, who would it be?
Kirill Petrenko and Christian Thielemann would head any shortlist.
Followed by the senior guys Eschenbach, Dohnanyi, Blomstedt.
And maybe the upcoming Joanna Mallwitz, Marc Albrecht, David Afkham. (Any other candidates?)
Well, the new national Opus Klassik award has just opened the envelope.
And the 2018 Conductor of the Year is….
He’s 38 and GMD in Stuttgart.