Personalities | (Sir) Charles Mackerras | Contemporary | Classical
Mackerras began his career as an oboist in Australia before coming to Europe to study conducting. In Prague he became interested in Czech music, particularly Janáček, whose operas he championed through definitive recordings and performing editions. He was music director of Sadler’s Wells (later English National) Opera 1970–77, Welsh National Opera 1987–92, and later principal guest conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra 1992–95, the Royal Philharmonic (1993–96), the San Francisco Opera 1993–96 and the Czech Philharmonic 1999–2010. An advocate of historically informed performance, he frequently conducted period-instrument groups.
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