Neuhold, Günter, Austrian conductor; b. Graz, Nov. 2, 1947. He studied at the Graz Hochschule für Musik (M.A., 1969) and pursued advanced training in conducting with Ferrara in Rome and Swarowsky in Vienna. He won several prizes in conducting competitions, among them first prizes in Florence (1976), San Remo (1976), and Salzburg (1977), second prize in Vienna (1977), and third prize in Milan (1977). From 1972 to 1980 he conducted in various German opera houses, and also led performances at the Salzburg Festival (1978, 1980, 1983, 1986). From 1981 to 1986 he was music director of the Teatro Regio in Parma, where he also served as chief conductor of the Orch. Sinfonica dell’Emilia Romagna“Arturo Toscanini.” He was chief conductor of the Royal Phil. Orch. of Flanders in Antwerp from 1986 to 1990, with which he toured Europe. From 1989 to 1995 he was Generalmusikdirektor of the Badisches State Theater in Karlsruhe, where he oversaw a Richard Strauss cycle and Wagner’s Ring cycle. In 1995 he became Generalmusikdirektor and artistic director of the Theater der Freien Hansestadt in Bremen. As a guest conductor, he appeared with the Vienna Phil., the Vienna Sym. Orch., the Dresden State Orch., the Vienna State Opera, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Opera Co. of Philadelphia, and many others.
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