No-go aria: Opera singer is detained for stalking a conductor

No-go aria: Opera singer is detained for stalking a conductor


norman lebrecht

August 04, 2019

Police in southern Italy have taken into custody a Japanese singer who has been accused of stalking the conductor Sesto Quatrini.

The woman was arrested in Martina Franca while trying to approach Quatrini in a public place. Quatrini, 35, had taken out a restraining order against her after she became fixated and followed him for nine months wherever he conducted – Venice, Tokyo, Las Palmas, Rome.

He is presently music director of Lithuanian National Opera.



  • Fan says:

    George Costanza should have read the news.

  • Phillip Ayling says:

    Imagine going into court and saying: “I’m a conductor and this singer is following me; that never happens, so something is really wrong here”.

  • The View from America says:

    This serves as a reminder that there can be a downside to being handsome and wise …

  • Ben Hartman says:

    My teacher (former NY Phil principal) also had a female stalker and he ended up having to get a restraining order. His students were warned to look out for this woman. I never saw her, but some of the school security used to joke and say, “None of that would have happened if he had kept his fly zipped.”

    Ain’t classical music wonderful?

  • Esther Cavett says:

    Maybe she was turned on by his interview in OperaWire

    “…you have in front of you an orchestra… It is very erotic… , you possess the orchestra and singers. Conducting is a very erotic act, and every erotic act needs passion, love, needs to breathe.”

  • Taro says:

    Europe seems to attract quite a few mentally unstable Japanese. For example, years ago a Japanese cannibal murdered a student in France. He was eventually sent back to Japan but his rich family pulled some strings so that he wouldn’t have to stay in a mental hospital. He is a celebrity now and has appeared in pornographic videos, TV programs, documentaries, etc. He still claims to have hunger for human flesh.

    This is the corrupt world we live in.

    • Laurence says:

      “Quite a few”? You mention one case dating from 1981. If mentally unstable Japanese were all we had to worry about, this “corrupt world” could breathe easier. But don’t cease your warnings about the Yellow Peril in the EU. We must keep on the alert.

  • Edgar says:

    Methinks the lady needs the help of a professional clinician.

  • christopher storey says:

    She must be very, very desperate

  • muslit says:

    Well, he is rather handsome.