Sinopoli Dies at 54
BERLIN, 21 April
2001 - The Italian conductor and composer Giuseppe Sinopoli died
after suffering a heart attack while conducting a performance of
Verdi's Aida at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin last night.
in Venice in 1946, Sinopoli studied music with Franco Donatoni, Bruno
Maderna and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He also studied psychiatry and was
in fact a physician.
Giuseppe Sinopoli conducted leading
orchestras in Europe and America, was a regular at major opera houses
and festivals including Bayreuth, and was most recently musical
director of the princely Dresden Staatskapelle orchestra. An unusual
talent and very much a special case, Sinopoli was best known for his
controversial and thought-provoking interpretations of the repertoire.
A stunning example is a recording of Wagner
overtures released with the Staatskapelle Dresden on Deutsche
Grammophon (CD 449165-2 - unavailable in the US). Giuseppe Sinopoli
was scheduled to conduct Wagner's Ring cycle at the 2001
The Italian maestro is the fifth conductor
to die on the podium after Joseph Keilberth (1968), Dimitri
Mitropoulos (1960), Eduard van Beinum (1959), and Felix Mottl (1911).
Photo: Tanja Niemann / DGG
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