Breaking: Danes choose Frenchwoman to be new chief

Breaking: Danes choose Frenchwoman to be new chief


norman lebrecht

February 01, 2022

The Royal Theater in Copenhagen has appointed Marie Jacquot as its chief conductor from 2024.

Jacquot, 31, is presently first Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf und Duisburg. This is a big step up, and it’s a five-year contract.

She succeeds Alexander Vedernikov who died tragically of Covid in October 2020.

Since then, Copenhagen have been working with the Italian Paolo Carignani as principal guest conductor.

Jacquot is managed by the Viennese agency Raab & Böhm Artists.



  • Gorman Getrecht says:

    It is nice to see attractive young women getting ahead in this male-identifying dominated profession. Thank you slippedisc commenters for your work to make this happen.

    • Colin says:

      What about the unattractive young women? Is attractiveness a prerequisite for such “getting ahead”?

      • Achim Mentzel says:

        In these days absolutely yes. And it has nothing to do with gender. No way to sell a fatty like Segerstam if you can have fitness god and lard curl Viotti.

    • Conductrix says:

      Yes, young beautiful women will rise in this profession. Vanessa Benelli Mosell will become music director of a major orchestra.

  • Achim Mentzel says:

    Snore… What a boring appointment.

    • Sune Ranmo says:

      Why? What do you base that on? Have you played with her, or heard anything she has conducted?
      She is in my opinion one of the most talented I’ve ever played with.