Welsh National Opera is delighted to announce Tianyi Lu as the first Female Conductor in Residence.
Described by WNO Conductor Laureate Carlo Rizzi as having ‘great musicality with a natural charisma on the podium’, Tianyi Lu is the first recipient of this residency, launched by WNO to help re-address the gender balance across the industry. The scheme was developed following WNO’s ‘Where Are All the Women’ symposium in 2018 during which a panel of women and delegates shared experiences on challenges facing women in the classical music industry.
Does this mean WNO will permanently keep open a conducting post for a woman? It looks like the same sort of gesture signalling that is going on at the BBC.