In September 2013, the American conductor Marin Alsop became the first woman ever to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms. Some might have thought that at that moment, women conductors had arrived. But Alsop’s Proms moment was only the beginning.
A number of male conductors have opined recently that women, by virtue of their womanhood, can’t conduct. I think they’re wrong. And I’m not alone.