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First Maestra

GEORGE HALL discovers how Chinese-born conductor Xian Zhang became the first woman to head a major Italian orchestra.

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Zhang in performance with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
© Giovanni Hanninen 2011
In 2009, Xian Zhang obtained a major European appointment as music director of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (known colloquially as "La Verdi"), the Italian city's high-profile symp...

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