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Noël Goodwin

(Havell )

(b London, July 2, 1922; d Beaconsfield, February 24, 2007). English conductor . After studies at the RAM, in 1947 he joined the New London Opera Company at the Cambridge Theatre as a répétiteur; he made his début there that year conducting Carl Ebert’s production of Rigoletto. He went to Glyndebourne as a répétiteur in 1950, returning (1953–8) as chorus master and associate conductor, working closely with Vittorio Gui on the Italian repertory. During that period he was also principal conductor at the Wexford Festival. In 1959 he became a resident conductor at Covent Garden, where he remained until 1965, giving over 200 performances of 16 operas. He toured with the English Opera Group to the USSR and Portugal, conducting Albert Herring and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. From 1963 to 1967 he was music director of the WNO. He first conducted the Sadler’s Wells Opera in 1957...

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Noël Goodwin

(Parke)

(b Seacliff, Otago, May 14, 1928; d Brisbane, March 6, 2009). New Zealand conductor. He studied at Otago University and, after moving to London in 1950, at the RCM. He joined the Carl Rosa Opera in 1952 as chorus master, then the Sadler’s Wells Opera as a répétiteur, making his conducting début in 1953 with Le nozze di Figaro. That year he joined the staff at Covent Garden, first conducting The Bartered Bride in 1955; he remained there until 1960. He was a staff conductor with the Sadler’s Wells Opera (1961–71), and after that was a regular conductor with the company and at Covent Garden. He also appeared in 1967 at the Stratford (Ontario) Festival, where he conducted Così fan tutte and Britten’s Albert Herring.

Matheson’s conducting of a wide repertory in London showed consistent reliability and expressive character, and during the 1970s he was admired for well-paced and dramatically cogent performances of Verdi (notably ...

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David Cummings

(b Como, March 23, 1911; d Milan, April 14, 2004). Italian conductor . He studied composition, piano and choral singing at the Milan Conservatory, graduating in 1933. He was successful in Italy for more than 20 years, giving a wide range of operas at all the major houses. He conducted ...