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date: 10 July 2020

Caldwell, Sarah locked

  • Steven Ledbetter,
  • Patrick J. Smith
  •  and Anna E. Kijas


(b Maryville, MO, March 6, 1924; d Portland, OR, March 23, 2006). American impresario, conductor, and director. Following her studies at the University of Arkansas and Hendrix College (1940–42), Caldwell attended New England Conservatory (NEC) on scholarship. She studied violin with richard Burgin and also the viola. During this time she became assistant to Boris Goldovosky, founder of the New England Opera Theater and director of the opera program at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood. Caldwell was granted a scholarship in 1946 to perform as a violinist with the student orchestra at the Berkshire Music Festival. Two years later, she staged and conducted her first opera, Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Riders to the Sea at the same venue, prompting Serge Koussevitzky to invite her to join the Berkshire Music Center faculty in 1949. In 1951 Caldwell joined Boston University’s music faculty, and the following year she began the Boston University Opera Workshop (...

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