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date: 15 November 2019

Feinstein, Martinlocked

  • Nancy Malitz

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(b New York, NY, April 12, 1921; d Potomac, MD, Feb 5, 2006). American impresario. He graduated from City College (1942) and received a master’s degree from Wayne State University (1943). From 1946 to 1971 he worked for the impresario Sol Hurok, and in 1972 was appointed executive director of the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. He brought the Bol′shoy Opera, the Paris Opéra, the Deutsche Oper, La Scala, and the Vienna Staatsoper to the United States for their first visits, events financed by support from foreign governments. He also organized an international ballet series. From 1980 to 1995 he served as general manager at the Washington Opera, and undertook a program of radical expansion, increasing performances from 16 to more than 60 per year. His first season won immediate national attention for rarely performed works such as Handel’s Semele, Argento’s Postcard from Morocco and Italo Montemezzi’s ...

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