- Michael Fleming
(b New York, NY, April 14, 1916; d Miami, FL, Nov 19, 1989). American conductor. After studying at Columbia University (BA 1936), he held his first conducting post with the Columbia Grand Opera, 1936–8. Over the next decade, he held a variety of positions in opera, ballet, symphonic music, and broadcasting. He served as music director of the Miami Opera, 1950–73, and then became its artistic director and resident conductor; in 1963 he was appointed conductor of the Fort Lauderdale SO and in 1964 music director of the Seattle Opera. He conducted numerous other companies, including the New York City Opera, and appeared as guest conductor with major orchestras in the United States, China, and Europe. He presented world premieres of Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe (1956) and Robert Ward’s The Crucible (1961) and Minutes till Midnight (1982). Also active as an educator, Buckley served on the faculties of the University of Denver (...