Music: Round and Round They Go

Too few top conductors fill too many jobs, again and again

After such a long and bitter dispute, the climax was no surprise. American Conductor Lorin Maazel abruptly abrogated his contract as director of the Vienna State Opera and resigned effective Sept. 1. Said Austrian Minister of Education and Art Helmut Zilk, who oversees the opera company and had clashed repeatedly with Maazel during the conductor's 1½-year tenure: "I don't want to say anything bad about him, but he has no manners and is a megalomaniac." Observed Maazel: "Every three weeks we have another...

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