Marta adds another job

Marta adds another job


norman lebrecht

February 16, 2022

The Polish conductor Marta Gardolińska has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor at the Orquestra Sinfònica de Barcelona, where Ludovic Morlot is music director.

Marta is also music director at the Opera national de Lorraine.


  • Achim Mentzel says:

    The farce apparently continues. She became Music Director in Nancy, mind you of an opera house, when she had exactly one opera in her repertoire. And now this. Something is going very wrong in this business.

    • Bone says:

      The downvoters to your comment must know something you don’t.
      Or they are just more Woke than you.

      • Achim Mentzel says:

        Perhaps the woke bubble should have a look at her videos. She’s stiff as a rooster’s comb, lacks any sense of agogic, any elegance and leadership. A ridiculous bouncing jackdaw.

        • Bone says:

          I’m not amongst the woke crowd but I did take a peek at her Tchaik 4 with Bournemouth.
          Good grief. She really is terrible.

    • RW2013 says:

      Now she has three.

      • Achim Mentzel says:

        Which is three too much.

        • Enquirer says:

          Why the hatred in these comments? What is your agenda? What has ‘Wokeness’ got to do with it? YT videos do not support your description of her as a conductor.

          • Achim Mentzel says:

            Bone was assuming that the downvoters come from the woke bubble and in my personal opinion he is absolutely right. But I would say the same words about a male or genderfluid or whatever “conductor” of this “quality”.

        • RW2013 says:

          It was probably up to Mr. Morlot who he wanted under him in Barcelona.

          • The View from America says:

            … which probably says something about Morlot’s own musical standards. (Some of us in the United States have been distinctly underwhelmed by him.)

    • True North says:

      The real question, Achim and Bone, is, “why is this woman on the podium and not in the kitchen cooking your dinners?”, correct? And, please note, I’m still waiting for a weird comment about penises from Achim to fill my “nevertheless revealing Freudian comments from internet trolls” bingo card.

      • Achim Mentzel says:

        Unfortunately, I won’t be able to do you the favor with the bingo card. Furthermore, I much prefer to cook my dinner on my own. My only concern is and has always been the quality as a conductor, musician and artist. There are as many failures among conductors with penises as there are among conductors with vaginas. In case you haven’t noticed, I also bluntly state my opinion about the penis ones, such as a couple of weeks ago about Eschenbach and his Beethoven 5th with the Copenhagen Philharmonic. On the other hand, I am absolutely convinced of Canellakis, who is a great conductor and musician. So, calm down.

      • music lover says:

        No.It´s about fantastic conductors and musicians,like Karina Cannelakis,Susanna Mälkki,Kiril Petrenko,Klaus Mäkelä,and others who are not….From both sexes….It doesn´t have to do anything with gender.Just btw,i played under Marie Jacquot before the pandemic.She was really fabulous.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    All the armchair conductors who comment at SD are just ridiculous. Truly.

    • Achim Mentzel says:

      Barry, now you’ve really given it to us, I’m impressed!

    • seattlemusician says:

      Achim Mentzel is a known crazy person and is not to be trusted. He also has a strange problem with anything female related.

      • Achim Mentzel says:

        I actually love everything which is female related but I detest all this tits over talent quota crap, which is then sold here by some as necessary positive discrimination.

    • music lover says:

      In general i agree with you,butin this case….She gives a bit the impression of armchair conducting…..And i really am very fond of some women conductors.Both Susanna Mälkki and Karina Cannelakis are fantastic,and they get better and better….Not just by watching them,but to listen to their performances.Turn the picture off Mrs.Gardolinska´s performances,and the results are very foresquare and coarse..Both Mälkki and Cannelakis played string instruments on the highest level,in top orchestras.It shows in the way the orchestra sounds.Gardolinska didn´t play an orchestra instrument,and it shows….

  • Rocío says:

    This comment section is definitely a cesspool of vitriol, filled with people that have very specific opinions without actually putting any skin in the game.

    I was lucky enough to hear Ms. Gardolinska conducting Mahler and Lutoslawski with the OBC in Barcelona last year and her approach to Mahler’s world, together with her flexibility as an accompanist, were delightful, to say the least. I look forward to more visits from her to our hometown

  • CurlyQ111 says:

    I played one of the best Rite I’d Spring performances that I’ve ever done with her and a major US orchestra. I’ve played it with many famous conductors and hers stood out. Clarity, precision, led just enough but not over the top, and her rehearsal time was very efficient.

  • Freebird says:

    I had the pleasure to play under her quite a few times about five years ago and cannot understand the viciousness of these comments. My experience was that of a fine, musical, efficient and respectful conductor. I wish her all the best!