Christopher Keene


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(b Berkeley, Calif., 1946; d NY, 1995). Amer. conductor. Founded own opera co. while at Univ. of Calif., staging two of Britten's operas. Worked as ass. to Kurt Adler at San Francisco Opera 1966. San Diego Opera 1967. Ass. to Menotti, Spoleto Fest. 1968, when he cond. The Saint of Bleecker Street. Mus. dir. Amer. Spoleto Fest. at Charleston 1977–80, Syracuse SO 1975–84, ArtPark, Lewiston, NY, 1974–89. Cond. f.p. of Villa-Lobos's Yerma, Santa Fe, 1971. NY Met début 1971; NY City Opera 1970 (mus. orch. 1983–6, gen. dir. from 1989); CG début 1973. Advocate of operas of Philip Glass. Cond. f. NY stage p. of Moses und Aron, 1990.

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