Sarah Caldwell

Sarah Caldwell

Sarah Caldwell was born in Maryville, Missouri on March 6, 1924 (d. March 23, 2006). She was a notable American opera conductor, impresario, and stage director of opera. “There was no single ”Caldwell style” of operatic production: She was interested in everything from Baroque theater practice to avant-garde methods using the latest advances from the labs at MIT, always applying her diverse interests in surprising and provocative ways. She embraced the whole spectrum of possibility — original languages and English translation; major stars and emerging American singers; standard and variant performing editions; anything that was lively and pertinent. Ms. Caldwell’s work was unified by a profound and comprehensive vision of how opera could be relevant and vital in our time, and defined by a splendid theatricality. Her adventurousness was often ahead of its time, and it took decades for other US companies to catch up to her daring, especially in repertoire. She also opened the door for subsequent generations of important female operatic directors.” (Source: www.boston.com)

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