The French conductor Georges Prêtre, celebrated for both operatic and orchestral repertoire, has died at the age of 92. He studied with Maurice Duruflé and André Cluytens at the Paris Conservatoire and made his conducting debut in 1946 at the Marseille Opera and was Director of the Opéra-Comique in Paris during the 1950s. The 1960s saw his debuts at Royal Opera (Covent Garden, London), the Met in New York and La Scala, Milan, and during this decade he was a regular at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He was also closely associated with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Among his recordings are two with Maria Callas – Carmen and Tosca – and more recently Prêtre twice officiated at the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Day Concert, in 2008 and 2010, also recorded.
Georges Prêtre was born in Waziers on 14 August 1924 and he died on 4 January 2017.
From Teatro alla Scala website:
"Milan, January 4, 2017 - The Maestro Georges Prêtre has died this afternoon at his home in the South of France. The Teatro alla Scala, where the Master was tied by an artistic relationship lasted 50 years and continued up to the concert last February 22, announces the news with deep condolence."