Atlanta Symphony taps Nathalie Stutzmann

Nathalie Stutzmann, the French contralto who took up conducting in 2009, has been named the new music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

When she succeeds Robert Spano next season, Stutzmann will be the first woman to lead the Atlanta Symphony and the first female music director appointed by a first-tier US orchestra since Marin Alsop, who led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 2007 until the end of last season.

The 56-year-old Stutzmann, currently chief conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway and principal guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, said she hopes that her Atlanta appointment will signal that women will “one day not be considered as a minority, but as musicians, conductors and maestros,” The New York Times’ Javier C. Hernández reports:

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