Raymond Leppard (Conductor)
Born: 11th August 1927, London
Died: 22nd October 2019, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Raymond John Leppard was a British-American conductor, harpsichordist, composer and editor. In the 1960s, he played a prime role in the rebirth of interest in Baroque music; in particular, he was one of the first major conductors to perform Baroque opera, reviving works by Claudio Monteverdi and Francesco Cavalli. He conducted operas at major international opera houses and festivals, including the Glyndebourne Festival where he led the world premiere of Nicholas Maw's The Rising of the Moon, the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House. He composed film scores such as Lord of the Flies and Alfred the Great.
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The British conductor, harpsichordist and musicologist, who spearheaded the revival of Monteverdi’s and Cavalli’s operas in the 1960s and 70s, has died aged 92.