La Scala conductor loses his pants

The Times reports today that conductor Muhai Tang suffered an embarrassing loss of trousers while leading the La Scala orchestra at the Teatro Dal Verme in a concert for the People’s Republic of China’s 70th anniversary.

Happily, he was wearing rock-solid boxer shorts.

You can watch video of the incident here.

 

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  • What it shows is the utter inutility of a lot of conductors: the orchestra is not watching you, the orchestra is not following you, the orchestra doesn’t need you, you might as well be eating a plate of spaghetti on the podium.

    Even absent the pant incident, can you imagine if Karajan all of a sudden drops his arms and bends over, the Berliners would’ve come to an immediate halt.

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