The other day, I got on the bandwagon celebrating the appointment of the Vienna Philharmonic's first female concertmaster -- the story emanated from the AP. Can't trust any news outlet these days, I guess.
My diligent colleague Susan Elliott of MusicalAmerica.com reported Wednesday that the story is not quite what it seems, that Albena Danailova was actually named a permanent concertmaster of Vienna Opera Orchestra --not entirely the same thing as the Vienna Philharmonic.
As Susan points out, while Philharmonic members play in the opera ensemble, it doesn't mean that everyone in the opera plays in the Philharmonic. So it appears that Danailova has not landed the concertmaster post at the august Philharmonic after all. Bummer.