Music: New Batons

One problem with conductors is that they seem to live such a long time.* For a young man on the way up, there rarely seems to be a vacant podium at the top. But lately, three comparative youngsters have won major successes in Europe:

Samuel Krachmalnick, 33, has signed a two-year contract with the Zurich Opera. Reputed to be a passionate hater of singers, Krachmalnick longs to conduct in the concert hall but has proved so successful at Zurich that he is already tabbed as one of the world's ranking Wagnerians. St. Louis-born Krachmalnick played...

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