Hell to the no.
I can’t believe we are still seeing articles like this:
(I suppose my blogging about it and spreading this dinosaur’s archaic idiocy is part of the problem in the “we are still seeing” department, but I must rant.)
Although I must also point out my favorite comment, where Liz Garnett suggests in response to Maestro’s suggestion that women could conduct Debussy but nothing serious like Stravinsky or Bruckner, “Guys, you should try directing La Mer with a pink sparkly baton, you get a much more authentic sound…”
(Liz Garnett is my hero. I’m practically a fangrl. Here’s a link to her blog--I highly recommend it!)
At least Salonen comes out on the right side of history on this one. I get more disturbed when young guys come out with this kind of garbage.
And for the record, I can conduct the s**t out of Stravinsky. So freaking there.