Buenos Aires appoints British chief

Buenos Aires appoints British chief


norman lebrecht

May 22, 2022

The Teatro Colon has named the British conductor Jan Latham-Koenig as its next music director, starting now.

Latham-Koenig, 68, has in the past headed the Teatro Massimo di Palermo and the Orchestre Philharmonique and Opéra in Strasbourg.

He is presently with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, Mexico City.


  • Ben G. says:

    Nothing new here.

    Jan has held too many positions in the past with numerous orchestras. He also conducted Liège for a while. He has difficulties communicating with his musicians.

    Stability is not his forté, and I can sense that Argentina will not be his last gig.

    Nevertheless, I wish him the best of luck!

  • Hugo Preuß says:

    A British chief conductor at Argentine’s most important opera house? Relations have improved, apparently. Good for everybody involved!

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    He was also MD in Santiago de Chile. I think he also reads El Mercurio.

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Not long ago the Teatro Colón was insolvent and not paying its musicians, and it was defaulting also guest artists. Better times now?

  • Ivan says:

    “Presently”: he was with OFUNAM 2012-2016.

  • WTF? says:

    Jan Latham-Koenig another rostrum nutter.
    OPS remember his grandstanding very well… “I am going to make OPS one of the 4 leading great orchestras of the world”.
    At least Charles Munch would have the humility to have served well the local region who paid him, and be happy.

    Another ego tripper on the road to oblivion.
    Good luck.

    • Ben G. says:

      The OPS refused to renew his contract–I was there at that time.

      Jan lives in his own bubble world and considers himself a legend in his own mind. He is oblivious to what his musicians or administrations say or think of him behind his back, which ultimately ends up slowing the group’s progess instead of moving it forward. Conductors are not just there to wave their arms in the air; any robot can do that.

      This situation that Jan has created for himself seems to repeat itself over and over again, like in the movie “Groundhog Day”, and as I mentioned above, the Teatro Colon won’t be his last gig.

      • Richard Lilley says:

        Unfortunately you dont have the courage to dislcose who you are so that we can form a proper assessment of your comment; and judge whether there is more to it than envy and malice.