Tea with Netty #31: conductors Ben Glassberg and Chloe Rooke

We've got not one but two fantastic young conductors for this episode.

Ben Glassberg is a young conductor much in demand by several opera companies including ENO and La Monnaie, and Chloe Rooke, who has been working as his assistant on Don Pasquale at Glyndebourne this summer with OAE, is also a prodigiously talented conductor, on the threshold of her career.

Ben has been principal conductor of Glyndebourne on Tour since 2019, and is also Music Director of Opera de Rouen and Principal Guest Conductor of Volksoper Wien. Here they discuss their surprisingly similar routes to opera conducting, as well as how to get a foothold in the early stages, with plenty of laughs along the way, as they are very good friends, personally and professionally.

Tea with Netty is the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s podcast hosted by viola player Annette Isserlis (Netty). Over a cuppa (or something a little stronger…), Netty chats with a variety of conductors, players and other guests as she ‘spills the tea’ on the side of classical music you don’t normally hear.

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