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Riccardo Chailly is sick and tired of young conductors and singers, but his move to the Leipzig Opera and Gewandhaus Orchestra is a welcome one

By Stephen Everson   April 2006

Chailly’s effect on Leipzig

“Sometimes I get sick and tired of the young conductors, and even the young singers, where you can see that they don’t care a damn to know the tradition, they think it’s a waste of time… Sometimes I am very negative about the future of opera—so much that I wonder how much longer I am going to conduct opera.” Such were the feelings of Riccardo Chailly when interviewed in Frank Scheffer’s 1998 documentary film Attrazione d’amore, recently released on DVD by Juxtapositions. The film explores Chailly’s relationship with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, of which he…

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