- Christiane Spieth-Weissenbacher
- and Noël Goodwin
(b Rouen, April 14, 1913; d Netherlands, November 3, 2008). French conductor. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire and made his début at Rouen in 1936. His first appointments were there (1938) and in Marseilles (1940), and from 1944 to 1957 he was music director at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. He taught conducting at the Ecole Normale, Paris, 1944–62, and was conductor of the Netherlands RPO 1961–8, and artistic director of the Rotterdam PO, 1968–73. Fournet toured as a guest conductor in Europe, North and South America, Israel and Japan; he conducted the first performance in Tokyo (1958) of Pelléas et Mélisande. He made his début with the Chicago Lyric Opera in 1965, and at the Metropolitan in 1987 with Samson et Dalila. Admired for his meticulous and exacting craftsmanship, he had a wide repertory that laid particular emphasis on Berlioz, Debussy and Ravel, and he had been much praised for his performances of ...