Klaus Tennstedt


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(b Merseburg, 1926; d Kiel, 1998). Ger. conductor and violinist. Leader of theatre orch. at Halle 1948, becoming prin. cond. there 1953. Opera début 1952 (Wagner-Régeny's Der Günstling). On cond. staff, Dresden Opera, 1958–62; cond. Schwerin State Orch. 1962–71. Worked in Scandinavia from 1971, then in W. Ger. as mus. dir. Kiel Opera. Canada début 1974 (Toronto SO), Boston SO 1974, London 1976 (LSO). Prin. guest cond. Minnesota Orch. 1979–83. Prin. cond. N. Ger. Radio SO 1979–82. Salzburg Fest. 1982. Prin. cond. LPO 1983–7. NY Met début 1983 (Fidelio). Fine interpreter of Mahler. Retired 1994.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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