Matacic, Lovro von

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Matacic, Lovro von

Matacic;, Lovro von, noted Slovenian conductor; b. Susak, Feb. 14, 1899; d. Zagreb, Jan. 4, 1985. He studied with Herbst and Nedbal at the Vienna Cons., and later worked under Brechner at the Cologne Opera, where he made his debut in 1919. He then conducted in Ljubljana (1924–26), Belgrade (1926–32), and Zagreb (1932–38). He was chief conductor of the Belgrade Opera (1938–42), then conducted at the Vienna Volksoper (1942–45). Subsequently he was Generalmusikdirektor of the Dresden State Opera (1956–58), and he also conducted at the (East) Berlin State Opera. He was chief conductor of the Frankfurt am Main Opera (1961–65), the Zagreb Phil. (1970–80), and the Monte Carlo Opera (1974–78). His guest conducting engagements included appearances in Europe, the U.S., and South America.

Bibliography

E. Sedak, M. (Zagreb, 1996).

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