World-class female conductor Marin Alsop says she is ‘insulted’ by the plot of Cate Blanchett’s new film tar.

In the film, Blanchett plays lesbian conductor Lydia Tarr, whose career slowly crumbles after a series of abuse allegations brought by a former student.

As she becomes involved with her student Olga (Sophie Kauer), her relationship with her wife (Nina Hoss) also begins to crumble.

Although Lydia does not existher story has several parallels with that of Marin Alsop, also a lesbian conductor from New York who found success under conductor Leonard Bernstein.

And despite the fact that Alsop was never approached to consult on the film, she is name-checked in the first half hour of the film.

Psychologically complex plot tar can have secured Blanchett’s Golden Globe for her performance, but the filmmakers were called out by Marin Alsop in a new interview with The Times.

“There are so many superficial aspects tar seemed to coincide with my personal life. But as soon as I saw it, I didn’t care anymore, I was offended. I was offended as a woman, I was offended as a conductor, I was offended as a lesbian,” she said.

Given the mainstream media’s lack of portrayal of female musicians, Alsop expressed her frustration at being made an offensive figure.

“To be able to portray a woman in this role and make her an abuser was heartbreaking for me. I think all women and all feminists should be concerned about this kind of portrayal, because it’s not really about female conductors, is it?

“It’s about women as leaders in our society. People ask: can they be trusted? Can they fulfill that role?’

Alsop explained that countless male musicians in positions of power have used tactics similar to Lydia’s – abusing their power and taking advantage of the vulnerable.

She concluded: “Instead, she casts a woman in the role, but gives her all the trappings of those men. It feels against the woman. To suggest that women will behave in the same way as men, or become hysterical, crazy, crazy, is to perpetuate what we’ve seen so many times in the movies.’

tar already has an impressive showing Nominations for “Golden Globe”.and the actors talked about the characteristics of Lydia in a recent Diversity an interview.

Noémie Merlan, who plays Lidia Francesca’s assistant, said: “Talking about power dynamics in a patriarchal world, but with women in power…

“I was scared! But finally, I thought that maybe with that distance we could go further into these issues.”

And Blanchett revealed why being a lesbian isn’t really that big of a deal.

“It’s quite common,” she remarked.

“And it is not a problem for anyone that she is in a same-sex relationship with an adopted child. I think that’s why you have such an incredibly long interview at the beginning, because she has an inviolable right to be there. This is not some kind of gender recruitment.”

LGBTQ+ representation in the music world continues, especially when it comes to queer women.

HER ensemble member Ellie Konsta, – told PinkNews: “A couple of years ago, I could only name you a handful of female composers, despite being in the industry for over 15 years.

“It’s funny because a lot of these female composers were really famous in their day and then something happens that they just don’t make it into the history books. They don’t teach us, we don’t hear their music.”

Whether Lydia Tarr will do more harm than good to the representation remains to be seen.

tar opens in UK cinemas on January 13.

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Lesbian conductor name-checked by Cate Blanchett in Tár blasts film for ‘heartbreaking’ storyline

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