Having watched several of the live TV broadcasts by the Berlin Philharmonic I am on their mailing list each year when the new concert season is announced.
So when I received an electronic brochure last week I spent a little time viewing the 1914 – 15 seasons programme, and a fairly eclectic one it is, which is what one would expect from a conductor like Sir Simon Rattle. Great to see the BP doing a Sibelius symphony cycle, a composer who was often ignored in the past by the BP.
As I flicked from programme to programme on offer I came across a performance of Handel’s opera “La resurrezione” conducted on three consecutive evenings in October 2014 by French conductor Emmanualle Haim. After I picked myself up off the floor at the shock of a woman being invited to conduct the famous Berlin Philharmonic I went through the rest of the seasons programme and guess what? no female conductors for any other concerts……..not a one, zilch!
I find it very disappointing that Rattle appears to be doing nothing to promote, support or mentor any female conductors. I suppose the only consolation is that the number of female conductors will be one more than the Vienna Philharmonic.
When will the classical music world recognise that we are now in the 21st century……?