Steuart Bedford conductor 1939-2021

Steuart Bedford conductor 1939-2021

Steuart John Rudolf Bedford OBE (31 July 1939 – 15 February 2021) was an English orchestral and opera conductor and pianist.

Steuart Bedford conductor 1939-2021

He was the brother of composer David Bedford and of singer Peter Lehmann Bedford and a grandson of Liza Lehmann and Herbert Bedford.

Bedford was particularly associated with the music of Benjamin Britten, and conducted the world premiere of Death in Venice in 1973. Bedford also conducted Britten’s other operas, and made an orchestral suite of music from Death in Venice. Between 1974 and 1998, he was one of the Artistic Directors of the Aldeburgh Festival. In 1989, he became joint artistic director with Oliver Knussen. In the summer of 2013, Bedford conducted a performance of Peter Grimes which was staged in its natural setting on the beach at Aldeburgh. His book Knowing Britten, compiled through his conversations with the tenor Christopher Gillett, is due to be published in June 2021 by the Britten Press.

His other work in contemporary opera included conducting the 1996 world premiere in Monte Carlo of Lowell Liebermann’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and also the 1999 US premiere.

Bedford conducted several commercial recordings of Britten operas, including the first recording of Death in Venice (Decca), as well as The Turn of the Screw (Collins Classics, since reissued on Naxos). He also recorded his Death in Venice suite and the major vocal cycles by Britten.

Bedford made his operatic conducting debut in February 1964 at the Oxford Playhouse with Britten’s Albert Herring.

Bedford was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to music.

He was married twice: first to the soprano Norma Burrowes, which ended in divorce in 1980, and secondly to Celia Harding, who predeceased him in 2020. Bedford’s elder daughter Charmian Bedford is an operatic soprano working internationally.

He died on 15 February 2021, aged 81.

På svenska

Steuart Bedford är född i London 1939 och räknas som en av världens ledande Benjamin Britten-dirigenter. Han har dirigerat Brittens operor över hela världen, och han dirigerade världspremiären på Britten´s Döden i Venedig 1973, precis som han var iniativtagare till den första cdinspelningen av detta verk. Under perioden 1974-98 var han en del av den konstnärliga ledningen vid Aldeburgh festivalen.

Steuart Bedford har dirigerat på världens ledande operahus såsom English National Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera och Opera de Paris. Utöver att vara expert i på Britten repertoaren har Bedford också gjort sig känd för sina tolkningar av en lång rad Mozart-operor, men också som konsertdirigent har han arbetat med några av världens ledande symfoniorkestrar. I februari 2009 dirigerade han Brittens Lucretia på Den Kongelige Opera i Köpenhamn.

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:239310
United States Premiere
Death in Venice {1}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/18/1974
Debuts: Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, Steuart Bedford, Colin Graham, John Piper, Frederick Ashton, Charles Knode, John B. Read, Faith Worth, Bryan Pitts, Alison Woodard, Claudia Shell, Jon Garrison, Frederick Burchinal, Linda Phillips, Anthony Ferro, William Hall, John Stephens, Monte Jaffe, Gary Gowen, Emily Golden, Richard Stotts, Richard Prewitt, Deborah Truxal, Leslie Greenbaum, Tommy Detrich, Michael Puleo, Joyce Gerber, William Read, Norman Phillips, Mayda Prado, James Asbury, John Mack Ousley, Joseph Porrello, Mollie Melachouris, Kathryn Carter, Dianne Childs, Asunción Deiparine
Review
[Met Performance] CID:239380
Death in Venice {2}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/24/1974
[Met Performance] CID:239420
Death in Venice {3}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/28/1974
[Met Performance] CID:239540
Death in Venice {4}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/9/1974
[Met Performance] CID:239640
Death in Venice {5}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/19/1974
[Met Performance] CID:239700
Death in Venice {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/25/1974
[Met Performance] CID:239790
Death in Venice {7}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1974
[Met Performance] CID:239890 Opera News
Death in Venice {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/14/1974
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:239950
Death in Venice {9}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/20/1974
[Met Performance] CID:243390
New Production
Le Nozze di Figaro {249}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/20/1975
Debuts: Barbara Bystrom, Wolfgang Brendel
Review
[Met Performance] CID:243430
Le Nozze di Figaro {250}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/24/1975
[Met Performance] CID:243450
Le Nozze di Figaro {251}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/1975
[Met Performance] CID:243530
Le Nozze di Figaro {252}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1975
[Met Performance] CID:243630
Le Nozze di Figaro {253}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/13/1975
[Met Performance] CID:244170
Le Nozze di Figaro {254}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/6/1976
Debut: Stafford Dean
[Met Performance] CID:244200
Le Nozze di Figaro {255}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/9/1976
Review
[Met Performance] CID:244260
Le Nozze di Figaro {256}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/1976
[Met Performance] CID:244290
Le Nozze di Figaro {257}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/18/1976
[Met Performance] CID:244320
Le Nozze di Figaro {258}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/21/1976
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:244340
Le Nozze di Figaro {259}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/1976
[Met Performance] CID:244440
Le Nozze di Figaro {260}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/4/1976
[Met Performance] CID:244890
Le Nozze di Figaro {261}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/13/1976
[Met Performance] CID:245010
Le Nozze di Figaro {262}
Hynes Civic Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/24/1976
[Met Performance] CID:245080
Le Nozze di Figaro {263}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 05/1/1976
[Met Performance] CID:245140
Le Nozze di Figaro {264}
Atlanta, Georgia; 05/8/1976
[Met Performance] CID:245210
Le Nozze di Figaro {265}
State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, Texas; 05/15/1976
[Met Performance] CID:245290
Le Nozze di Figaro {266}
Minneapolis, Minnesota; 05/22/1976
[Met Performance] CID:245350
Le Nozze di Figaro {267}
Detroit, Michigan; 05/29/1976
[Met Performance] CID:248440
Le Nozze di Figaro {275}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/1977
Debut: Heather Harper
[Met Performance] CID:248500 Opera News
Le Nozze di Figaro {276}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/5/1977
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:248560
Le Nozze di Figaro {277}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/10/1977
[Met Performance] CID:248600
Le Nozze di Figaro {278}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/1977
[Met Performance] CID:248670
Le Nozze di Figaro {279}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/21/1977
[Met Performance] CID:327500
Billy Budd {39}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/1997
Debut: David Kessel
[Met Performance] CID:327540
Billy Budd {40}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/1/1997
Debut: Carl Kranz
[Met Performance] CID:327570
Billy Budd {41}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/5/1997
[Met Performance] CID:327600 Opera News
Billy Budd {42}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/8/1997
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:327630
Billy Budd {43}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/1997
Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:327660
Billy Budd {44}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/1997

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