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La Scala Gets First Woman Conductor

Mon., March 20, 1995

For the first time, a woman took bows Sunday as conductor of the famous La Scala Orchestra.

Claire Gibault received a long ovation following “La Station Thermale,” a modern opera based on an 18th-century play.

The 49-year-old French conductor ended the all-male legacy of the La Scala Orchestra years after the gender barrier was broken in other cities. Women have conducted orchestras in such major cities such as New York and London.

The three-act “La Station Thermale” was performed at the Teatro Lirico, a theater a few blocks from the La Scala Opera House.

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