Etcheverry, Jésus, French conductor of Basque descent; b. Bordeaux, Nov. 14, 1911; d. Paris, Jan. 12, 1988. As a violin prodigy, he appeared as a soloist at an early age with the Casablanca orch. He later served as concertmaster of the Opera orch. there, where he began his conducting career in 1944. After conducting opera in Nancy (1947–57), Tunis (1949–53), and Luxembourg (1948–57), he was chief conductor of the Paris OperaComique (1957–72); he also conducted at the Paris Opera (1966–72). He then was music director of the Nantes Opera (1972–77) before conducting at the Nancy Theatre (1977–79). As a guest conductor, he appeared in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and England.
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