Malin Alsop is the first woman to lead a major orchestra, but these women paved the way
Tarquinia Molza organizes and conducts a women’s vocal ensemble at the Italian court of Ferrara.
Making her American debut, British conductor Ethel Leginska becomes the first woman to conduct at Carnegie Hall.
French composer, performer and conductor Nadia Boulanger becomes the first woman to conduct the Boston Symphony.
Conductor and opera impresario Sarah Caldwell debuts with the New York Philharmonic and becomes the first woman to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera.
American conductor Anne Manson becomes the first woman to conduct at Vienna’s renowned Salzburg Festival.
Marin Alsop is appointed music director of the Baltimore Symphony, making her the first woman to direct a world-class, full-time American orchestra.
To read about Marin's rise to the top, click here.
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