Name the maestros behind the mask

Name the maestros behind the mask


norman lebrecht

January 13, 2021

1 La Scala, today:


UNMASKED: It’s Carlo Boccadoro, among Italy’s foremost contemporary composers.

2 Somewhere in America


  • Tony Sanderson says:

    Looking at the size of the paunch might help to give a clue.

  • Alan Overton says:


  • Birchley Poundbottom says:

    Give this man a Pulitzer. Investigative reporting at it’s finest.

  • Rob Keeley says:

    A few years back I’d have guessed this was Olly Knussen!

  • Viktor Viktoria says:


  • Jonanthan Savage says:

    Alondra de la Parra

  • I don’t think it’s Chailly I would say Pappano but he’s not used to go in Milan. And the pull over is not the style of Chailly hahahaa

  • Nick Schleppend says:

    Carlo Boccadoro

  • alexy says:


  • A.L. says:

    Tony Pappano

  • Gustavo says:


  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    The Lone Ranger?

  • Gustavo says:

    Igor Maskevitch

  • henry williams says:

    Domingo in disguise

  • John Borstlap says:

    My Italian fly on the wall told me that it was actually one of the ushers, who saw his chance at a rehearsel with everybody masked, and jumped on the rostrum when the conductor was late. Seeing so many productions with the conductor beating a simple Italian regular time, he thought he could do that as well, and in fact nobody complained. When the (masked) conductor finally arrived, staff thought he was an intruder and locked him up in the broom cupboard. After an excellent rehearsel, the consternation was great, as one can imagine.

  • Symphony musician says:

    Barbara Hannigan?

  • Gustavo says:

    James Lockdown

  • Michael Wilkinson says:

    Andris Nelsons is the only conductor I know who seems to take his own wooden rostrum everywhere he conducts.

  • Jon Savage says:

    Vaccine Mengerov

  • Omar Goddknowe says:

    Andres Nelson’s?

  • Dan oren says:

    Franz Kovidschny

  • E says:

    2 F.X. Roth?

  • E says:

    Elbow greeting…

  • fflambeau says:

    Too much pasta eaten. And lots more too.

  • Mike Carter says:

    Yes, Andris Nelsons surely.

  • Mike Carter says:

    Yes, Andris Nelsons, surely!

  • Gustavo says:

    Riccardo Mutant

    Sir Malcolm Sarsgent

  • Gustavo says:

    Martin Fröst

    Chief Conductor of Swedish Chamber Orchestra