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07 Sep 2005

Simone Young's Debut

http://www.theage.com.au/news/arts/frau-young-takes-hamburg/2005/09/04/1125772405206.html

Frau Young takes Hamburg

[The Age, 5 September 2005]

Last Thursday, Simone Young conducted her first performance as music director of the Hamburg State Opera. She talks to Michael Shmith about her new life a world away from Opera Australia.

Hamburg is a place that takes its culture seriously and never forgets its musical heroes. On the front of the Staatsoper building, a relief image of Gustav Mahler in profile stares blankly at a city he would not recognise. Hamburg, where the composer and conductor was the opera's music director from 1891 to 1897, was his "tryout" for Vienna.

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