Söderblom, Ulf, Finnish conductor; b. Turku, Feb. 5, 1930. He received his training from Swarowsky at the Vienna Academy of Music (graduated, 1957). In 1957 he made his debut as a conductor at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, where he subsequently conducted regularly. From 1973 to 1993 he was its music director. During his long tenure, he became particularly known for his championship of contemporary operas. In 1983 he took the Finnish National Opera to the U.S. for performances at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. He also appeared as a guest conductor with many orchs. in Finland and abroad. On Feb. 25, 1992, he conducted the premiere of Sallinen’s Kulleruo at the Los Angeles Opera.
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