ON THIS DAY | Conductor Georges Prêtre Was Born in 1924

The French conductor was known for his seven-decade career and close associations with the world's top orchestras and soprano Maria Callas

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Georges Pretre

 

French orchestral and operatic conductor Georges Prêtre was born on this day in 1924.

Throughout his seven-decade career, he led many of the world’s finest orchestras — including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Opéra-Comique, La Scala, the Vienna Symphony, Paris Opera, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Prêtre specialized in French music but was highly regarded for his interpretations of a far wider range of repertoire.

Prêtre twice conducted the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Day Concerts in 2008 and 2010. 

 

ERICK FRIEDMAN | BRUCH VIOLIN CONCERTO | 3RD MVT | GEORGES PRÊTRE & ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE | 1964