Listen to Simone Young on The Lebrecht Interview, Monday night 9.45 on BBC Radio 3 and streamed all week.
Simone pulls no punches, making it clear that she was fired by a board that went back on its promises. There are hints of anti-feminism in the story, and her recovery to become general music director of the city of Hamburg is one of the great musical comebacks.
I like Simone: she’s a real fighter, and a contender for the next big opera vacancy, possibly Covent Garden. More details here, along with a posed picture.