From a Reuters interview with the NY Philharmonic president:
Running these iconic large-scale institutions is more a way of life than a regular job. You’re essentially on call 24/7 because in the performing arts, things happen day and night. You might have a soloist getting sick or a financial problem or a tour issue.
What compounds that is that so much of our work takes place at night because performances are at night. You go to the office during the day, you go to the performances and then very often you entertain people after the performance, whether it’s fundraisers or musicians. It’s a job you live….
(Since Covid) I’m working 12-hour days on a regular basis, six days a week sometimes.