Georg Solti

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Birthday
21, 1912
Birthplace
Hungary
Death Date
Sep 5, 1997 (84)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
21, 1912
Birthplace
Hungary
Death Date
Sep 5, 1997 (84)

About

Remembered for his work with the Bavarian State Opera, the Frankfurt Opera, the Covent Garden Opera Company, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, this notable conductor produced a series of famous recordings of the operas in Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle. Also a pianist, he was the winner of the 1942 Geneva International Piano Competition.

Before Fame

He began his career as a vocal coach for the Hungarian State Opera. During the World War II years, this Hungarian-Jewish conductor escaped the Nazis by working as a pianist in Switzerland.

Trivia

He conducted a 1994 London production of La traviata that launched the career of the Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu.

Family Life

He married Hedwig Oeschli, the daughter of a Zürich University professor, in 1946.

Associated With

Early in his career, he studied in Budapest with the Austrian-born composer Bela Bartok.