John Pritchard

(1918—1989) conductor

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(b London, 1918; d Daly City, S. Francisco, 1989). Eng. conductor. Cond., Derby Str. Orch., 1943–52. Répétiteur at Glyndebourne 1947, becoming ch. master and ass. to Fritz Busch 1949 and cond. Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and Figaro 1951. Prin. cond. Glyndebourne 1967, mus. dir. 1969–77. Débuts: CG 1952; Salzburg Fest. 1966; Amer. opera début Chicago 1969; NY Met 1971. Cond. f.ps. of Gloriana (CG, 1953), The Midsummer Marriage (CG, 1955), and King Priam (Coventry, 1962), f. Brit. p. of Elegy for Young Lovers (Glyndebourne, 1961). Prin. cond. RLPO 1957–63, LPO 1962–7. Cond. Huddersfield Choral Soc. 1973–6, BBC SO 1981–9. Cond. Cologne Opera 1978–89. Joint mus. dir. Opéra National, Brussels, 1981–9; mus. dir. S. Francisco Opera 1986–9. Hamburg Shakespeare Prize 1975. CBE 1962. Knighted 1983.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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