From Deutsche Welle’s documentary with conductor Alondra de la Parra:
‘In 99 percent of the interviews, I get asked questions that I know that my male colleagues would never get asked. So I am going to do something interesting about that, and it’s going to be really fun, you’ll see!
‘But yes, there’s just no way out of these very strange questions that almost every person who interviews me asks.
Like: ‘Do you feel the musicians are distracted because you’re beautiful?” They wouldn’t ask Paavo Järvi that! Or Simon Rattle or Daniel Barenboim. Or things like: “How do you manage your time with being a mother and a conductor?” Well, all these male conductors also have kids, and they never get asked that, do they?’
Read on here.