Music director takes baby break

Music director takes baby break


norman lebrecht

July 08, 2021

Nuremberg’s general music director Joana Mallwitz is taking leave for the birth of her first child.

Mallwitz, 35, has a couple more concerts to conduct before the summer break. The baby is due in October and she’ll be back for Haydn’s Creation on New Year’s Day.

She is married to the German tenor Simon Bode, a former ensemble singer at Frankfurt Opera.


  • Matthias says:

    Does this also affect the Cosi in Salzburg? I’d hoped to see Mrs. Mallwitz conduct there.
    In any case, all the best to her!

    • Meal says:

      She is still listed on the website of the Salzburger Festspiele to conduct. According to,ScTVbPj she is expected to give birth in October and taking the legal time for maternal leave (in Germany: 6 weeks before and 8 weeks after birth (in general)). Since the latest performance of Cosí fan tutte will take place on August 19th this would be before her legal time of maternal leave. However, we all know that you cannot forsee what’s going on during pregnancy. Most important is that she and her child will stay/be healthy. As you said: All the best to her and her child!

  • Gustavo says:

    After taking the baton.

  • Evan Tucker says:

    An incredible talent. She should be a superstar by now.

  • Klaus Werber says:

    On another note, Joana is a magnificent conductor. I was in the audience at the Rheingau Festival, Wiesbaden, when she conducted the best Pathétique I ever heard, following a truly wonderful Mozart concerto for two pianos with Gabriela Montero and Igor Levit. It was one of the best concerts I can remember.

  • Tom Hase says:

    Simon Bode has not been an ensemble singer at Frankfurt Opera for years.