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Louis Frémaux (13 August 1921 – 20 March 2017) was a French conductor.

Frémaux was born in Aire-sur-la-Lys, France and came from an artistic background; his father was a painter, and his wife was a music teacher. He studied music at the conservatoire in Valenciennes, but his studies were interrupted by the Second World War, when he joined the French Resistance; at the end of the war he was commissioned in the French Foreign Legion and was posted to Vietnam in 1945-46. He entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1947, studied under Louis Fourestier and Jacques Chailley, and graduated in 1952 with a first prize in conducting. Frémaux worked with the orchestra of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, after having been released from the French Foreign Legion (to which he had been recalled for service in Algeria) at the request of Prince Rainier. For ten years he helped build the reputation of the Monte Carlo orchestra, as well as conducting opera premieres there. He was the first music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique Rhône-Alpes (later the Orchestre National de Lyon), from 1969 to 1971. WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: Beethoven Symphony No 7; Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Louis Fremaux

Fiora Corradetti Contino, Opera Maestra, Dies at 91



The American conductor, Fiora Contino, was born into an eminent musical family. Her father, Ferruccio Corradetti, was a leading baritone at La Scala and other principal European opera houses. She graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano. She furthered her musical training in Europe studying conducting at the Conservatoire Americain in Fontainebleau and the Ecole Normale in Paris with renowned pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, and at the Akademie Vienna with Hans Swarowsky. She then earned a Master's Degree, with distinction, and a Doctorate of Music in conducting from Indiana University School of Music. She was awarded the 1960 Premier Prix Hors Concours, cum laude from the Conservatoire in the field of conducting. Fiora Corradetti Contino, who founded her first opera company when she was only 27 and became an accomplished maestra who conducted for 50 years, until she was 81, died on March 5, 2017 in Carmel, Ind. She was 91. more at BACH CANTATAS

A major operatic loss: Kurt Moll dies at 78

The death has been announced of Kurt Moll, one of the finest German singers of the late 20th century. He joined Cologne Opera in 1958 and made the city his home. Soon he was appearing in the major international houses. His US debut was in San Francisco in 1974, followed fours years later by the Met. He sang Baron Ochs in seven commercial recordings of Der Rosenkavalier, practically owning the role. He gave his final stage performance at Bayreuth on July 31, 2006 and died in Cologne yesterday, March 6. - See more at: http://slippedisc.com/2017/03/a-great-german-bass-has-died-at-78/#sthash.hgc9qtq0.QqB2muD2.dpuf

  Kurt Moll (11 April 1938 – 5 March 2017)...
was a German operatic bass singer who enjoyed an international career and was widely recorded.His voice was notable for its range, a true infra-bass (or oktavist bass, lower than basso profondo), including full, resonant low and very-low notes with relaxed vibrato; also for its unusual combination of extreme range and a purring, contrabassoon-like timbre. Although he had a powerful voice he never performed Wagner's parts Hagen, Hans Sachs, nor Wotan. His interpretations tended to be restrained and intelligent, even in roles like Osmin in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier. WIKIPEDIA

Conductor Alberto Zedda dies at age 89


The death is reported of Alberto Zedda, on 6 March 2017. The long-standing conductor of the Rossini Festival at Pesaro and an international authority on Handel, Bellini and Donizetti. As a young man, he was thrown out of La Scala by Herbert von Karajan. He went on to conduct at all the major Italian opera houses, including La Scala, as well as Covent Garden,Vienna, Paris, the Mariinsky, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was an irrepressible enthusiast for Rossini and worked closely with Claudio Abbado on the new editions. Zedda died in Pesaro. - See more at: http://slippedisc.com/2017/03/an-italian-maestro-dies-at-89/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.4I2IUTQv.dpuf WIKIPEDIA
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Pianist Eva Maria Zuk has died


Eva Maria Zuk (24 December 1945 - 27 February 2017) was a Polish-Mexican piano concertist. She was raised in Venezuela and New York City. She began music studies with her mother at the age of 4.
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 VIDEO: Concierto realizado el 08 de marzo de 2012 en San Pedro Muse de Arte. Puebla, México. Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Puebla. Director huésped: Miguel Salmon del Real Solista: Eva María Zuk
 

Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, has died at age 93.

Stanisław Skrowaczewski (October 3, 1923 – February 21, 2017) was a Polish-American classical conductor and composer. Skrowaczewski was born in Lwów (then in Poland, now in Ukraine). As a child, he studied piano and violin; displaying talent on the piano at an early age, he made his public debut playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor. A hand injury ended his piano career. After World War II, Skrowaczewski graduated from the Academy of Music in Kraków (in the composition class of Roman Palester and conducting class of Walerian Bierdiajew) and soon, in 1946, became the music director of the Wrocław Philharmonic, then the Katowice Philharmonic, the Kraków Philharmonic and finally the Warsaw National Orchestra. He studied composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. In 1956 he won the Santa Cecilia Competition for Conductors. At the invitation of George Szell, Skrowaczewski conducted the Cleveland Orchestra. In 1960 he was appointed music director of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (later renamed the Minnesota Orchestra under his tenure in 1968), a position he held until 1979 when he became conductor laureate. In 1981 the American Composers Forum commissioned the Clarinet Concerto which Skrowaczewski wrote for Minnesota Orchestra principal clarinetist Joe Longo, who premiered it in 1981.WIKIPEDIA

Nicolai Gedda has died, aged 91

....on January 8, 2017...of the great Swedish tenor, one of the most lasting ornaments of the opera stage. He was a fixture of the international opera calendar from 1952 to his retirement in 2003. - See more at: http://slippedisc.com/2017/02/nicolai-gedda-has-died-aged-91/#sthash.c284BAQP.dpuf Nicolai Gedda (born Harry Gustaf Nikolai Gädda) (11 July 1925 – 8 January 2017) was a Swedish operatic tenor. Debuting in 1952, Gedda had a long and successful career in opera until the age of 77 in June 2003, when he made his final operatic recording. Skilled at languages, he performed operas in French, Russian, German, Italian, English, Czech, and Swedish; as well as one in Latin. In January 1958, he created the part of Anatol in the world premiere of the American opera Vanessa at the Metropolitan Opera. Having made some two hundred recordings, Gedda is one of the most widely recorded opera singers in history...over 200. His singing is best known for its beauty of tone, vocal control, and musical perception. WIKIPEDIA VIDEO...Nicolai and Tania Gedda in Lippen schweigen, The Merry Widow