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Bernard Haitink's 85th birthday to be celebrated at Die Frau ohne Schatten on 17 March

Dutch conductor and former Music Director of The Royal Opera turns 85 today.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

4 March 2014 at 11.39am | 1 Comment

The career and legacy of former Music Director of The Royal Opera Bernard Haitink is to be celebrated at the performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten on 17 March. The conductor marks his 85th birthday today (4 March 2014).

Haitink, who will be in attendance for the performance, which will be conducted by Semyon Bychkov, held the post of Music Director of The Royal Opera at Covent Garden between 1987 and 2002 and conducted the Die Frau ohne Schatten himself for the Royal Opera House in 1992. He has also held high-profile positions with the ConcertgebouwNetherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne, the Dresden Staatskapelle and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

During the 2013/14 Season he has conducted a series of concerts with the London Symphony, Boston Symphony and New York Philharmonic orchestras as well as conducting performances at the Barbican with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and in Germany with the Berlin Philharmonic.

He has also recorded prolifically for leading labels. Haitink's career has been notable for his dedication to the development of young musical talent, and he has given conducting classes across the globe.

Die Frau ohne Schatten runs from 14 March–2 April 2014. Tickets are still available.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Sir Simon and Lady Robertson, Hamish and Sophie Forsyth, The Friends of Covent Garden and an anonymous donor.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

4 March 2014 at 11.39am

This article has been categorised Music, Opera and tagged Bernard Haitink, Die Frau ohne Schatten

This article has 1 comment

  1. MarkS responded on 8 March 2014 at 9:27am Reply

    Err - wasn't Haitink much more associated witth Amsterdam Concertgebouw rather than the Netherlands Radio orchestra?

    I'm delighted that the company's celebrating his birthday, but please don't let it last too long or I'll miss my train home.

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