Marin Alsop
Photo: Grant Leighton

Premiere at the BBC Proms: For the first time in its 118 year history, ‘The Last Night’ will be led by a female conductor, Marin Alsop. The 2013 festival, which begins on 12 July, includes 92 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and four across the UK. « I’m extraordinarily proud to be the first woman, but I’m also sad that it’s 2013 and there still can be firsts for women, » Alsop told the BBC. The American conductor will be joined by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and violinist Nigel Kennedy.

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