Bing, (Sir) Rudolf (Franz Joseph)
Bing, (Sir) Rudolf (Franz Joseph) (b Vienna, 1902. d NY, 1997). Austrian-born impresario. Worked in concert agency 1923–7. At Darmstadt State Th., 1928–30, and Charlottenburg-Berlin Opera 1930–3, under Carl Ebert. Went to Eng. (cit. 1946) and was manager, Glyndebourne Opera 1935–9 and 1946–9. First dir., Edinburgh Festival, 1947–9. Gen. man. NY Met, 1950–72. CBE 1956. KBE 1971. Autobiography 5,000 Nights at the Opera (London, 1972).
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