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Caldwell, Sarah

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Caldwell, Sarah, remarkable American conductor and operatic impresario; b. Maryville, Mo., March 6, 1924. She studied at the Univ. of Ark. and at Hendrix Coll., and then was a violin pupil of Richard Burgin at the New England Cons, of Music in Boston. She also studied viola with Georges Fourel at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood (summer, 1946), where she returned in 1947 to stage Vaughan Williams’s Riders to the Sea. After studying with and serving as assistant to Boris Goldovsky, she was head of the Boston Univ. opera workshop (1952–60). In 1958 she founded the Boston Opera Group, which became the Opera Co. of Boston in 1965, which played a prominent role in the musical life of the city for some 25 years, disbanding in 1991. In addition to standard operatic fare, Caldwell conducted the U.S. stage premieres of such modern operas as Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron (Nov. 30, 1966), Prokofiev’s War and Peace (May 8, 1974), Sessions’s Montezuma (March 31, 1976), and Tippett’s The Ice Break (May 18, 1979). She also was the first woman to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. (La Traviata, Jan. 13, 1976). She returned to the Metropolitan Opera in 1978 to conduct L’EHsir d’Amore. She also appeared as a guest conductor with various U.S. orchs. In 1999 she became a prof, at the Univ. of Ark. at Fayetteville.

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