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date: 19 September 2019

Lloyd-Jones, David (Mathias)locked

  • Arthur Jacobs
  • , revised by Noël Goodwin

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(Mathias)

(b London, Nov 19, 1934). English conductor, editor and translator. After reading Russian and German at Oxford University, he studied music privately with Iain Hamilton. As a Russian-language specialist, his first professional engagement was to coach Boris Godunov in Russian at Covent Garden in 1959. He assisted John Pritchard in preparing the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘Musica Viva’ series in 1960, and became chorus master and assistant conductor of the New Opera Company the same year. In 1963 he began guest engagements with the BBC Welsh Orchestra and other orchestras. He conducted Scottish Opera in his own translation of Boris Godunov in 1967 and gave the first British performances of Fauré’s Pénélope (1970, RAM) and Haydn’s La fedeltà premiata (1971, Camden Festival). He was engaged by the Welsh National Opera and the Wexford Festival, and made his Covent Garden début with Boris Godunov in 1971. The next year he joined Sadler’s Wells Opera as assistant to the musical director and conducted, with conspicuous success, the first British stage performances of Prokofiev’s ...

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