Breaking: Sao Paulo replaces Marin Alsop

The US music director will step down in 2020, receiving an emeritus title.

Her successor is the Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer, who recently resigned as MD in Utah.

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  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t the Brazilian gov’t greatly cut back funding for this orchestra?

  • The writing is on the wall in Baltimore. The orchestra is having financial problems on her watch. Where are the donations? Is she taking a large salary without attracting money?

    • This piece isn’t about Baltimore. But yes, the orchestra is having financial problems, and the city is generally rather troubled. But the orchestra is great.

      By US music director standards, I suspect Alsop is far from the top of the salary scale. And whatever one may think of her conducting, she is a true institutional leader (and a very good programmer).

      • Alsop is relatively high on the salary scale of American music directors. Adaptistration lists her in the top 10 earners at over a million dollars a couple years ago. She probably makes more currently. At that music director salary, the musicians of that orchestra should be doing a lot better. It is certainly not a top 10 paid US orchestra.

      • And a music director who was never, ever commited to Sao Paulo, an orchestra she led for 7 (!!!!!!) seasons.

  • Replacing? Is this like Berlin replacing Simon Rattle and San Francisco about to replace Michael Tilson Thomas?

    • Yes it is, because people – that’s what we are – either retire, die or move on. Sometimes it’s a mutual decision, which is not say that a conductor did a poor job. A change of scenery is often times a good thing.

    • Marin’s take on the city of Sao Paulo: “somebody made a lot of money selling cement here”. That’s all it takes to demonstrate her “commitment” to the orchestra.

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