Personalities | (Sir) John Eliot Gardiner | Contemporary | Classical
Gardiner founded the Monteverdi Choir in 1964 and the Monteverdi Orchestra in 1968, when he conducted the Monteverdi Vespers at the Promenade Concerts in London. He was artistic director of the Göttingen Handel Festival 1981–90 and music director of the Lyons Opera 1983–88. He has given many performances of French Baroque opera, including the first staging of Rameau’s Les Boréades (‘The Sons of Boreas’, Aix-en-Provence, 1982). He founded two period instrument orchestras, the English Baroque soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
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