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Bing, Rudolph, Sir

Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1997 AD, at 95 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Managers


1902 - Born on the 9th of January in Vienna, Italy. British operatic impresario.

       - The son of an Austrian industrialist, Bing grew up in a musical household and studied at the University of Vienna.

1927 - He went to Berlin, and served as general manager of opera houses in that city and in Darmstadt.

1928-1935 - He assisted Carl Ebert in managing opera companies in Germany and England.

1935 - He was appointed general manager of the Glyndebourne Opera Company.

1934 - Married a Russian ballerina.

1946 - Became a naturalized British subject.

1947 - He helped found the Edinburgh Festival, establishing it as a major European festival.

1947-1949 - Became the Artistic Director of Edinburgh Festival.

1950 - He was appointed general manager of the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City.

1950-1972 - During Bing's tenure he improved standards of performance and production and was especially praised for his attention to scenic design.

       - He shaped the repertoire to ensure success at the box office and was therefore often criticized for his musical taste: Italian Romantic operas became the mainstay, while Baroque and 20th-century works were rarely programmed.

      - He concentrated on attracting singers of international fame but neglected to retain conductors of equal stature, which resulted in some lackluster performances.

1955 - Hired Marian Anderson, as 1st black to perform at New York Metropolitan Opera.

1958 - Managed premiere of Samuel Barber's "Vanessa".

1966 - Presided over New York Metropolitan Opera's move to Lincoln Center.

1971 - He was knighted.

1972-1981 - Wrote two memoirs, 5,000 Nights at the Opera and A Knight at the Opera.

1983 - Suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
1989 - Admitted to The Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, The Bronx, New York.

1997 - He died on the 2nd of September in Yonkers, New York.


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