Breaking: Sao Paulo replaces Marin Alsop

Breaking: Sao Paulo replaces Marin Alsop


norman lebrecht

June 10, 2019

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.


  • Very grateful to Marin, very happy with Thierry.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

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

  • Enquiring Mind says:

    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?

    • Trine Bach says:

      Isn’t the multicultural paradise Baltimore city itself a disaster zone with an out-of-control crime rate?

    • MacroV says:

      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).

      • Oh yeah baby says:

        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.

      • Disgusted Osesp fan says:

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

  • James Funnell says:

    Who is the male person in the photo?

  • Mock Mahler says:

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

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      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.

    • Disgusted Osesp fan says:

      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.