Children and Childhood is WFMT’s Theme for December
Most careers take twists and turns; Ward Stare’s career has been more like Formula 1 auto racing. He went from playing principal trombone in the Lyric Opera Orchestra at eighteen to being one of the company’s go-to conductors (debuting in last season’s production of Hansel and Gretel) before the age of 30.
Keeping in mind the age of some of the other guys on the world’s podiums, Pierre Boulez is 88, Kurt Masur is 86; Bernard Haitink (84), Lorin Maazel (83), Neville Marriner (89), Nikolaus Harnoncourt (84), and Herbert Blomstedt (86)—there’s something to be said for the health benefits of aerobic activities like conducting—when it comes to discussing music and youth, Mr. Stare is closer to the source. To speak with him about his own childhood is to talk about recent history, which could be an advantage in relating to today’s youth.
We caught up with Ward Stare between rehearsals of Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, which runs through January 18th at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He had this to say about growing up with music in his life: