Arthur Bodanzky

Arthur Bodanzky

Artur Bodanzky (also written as Artur Bodzansky) (16 December 1877 in Vienna – 23 November 1939 in New York) was an Austrian-American conductor particularly associated with the operas of Wagner.

The son of Jewish merchants, Bodanzky studied the violin and composition with Alexander Zemlinsky  Bodanzky then became conducting assistant to Gustav Mahler in Vienna, later going on to jobs in Berlin, the Neues Deutsches Theater in Prague (August 1907), where he was briefly a colleague of Otto Klemperer and Mannheim. In 1915 he emigrated to the United States to work for the Metropolitan Opera, being replaced at Mannheim by Wilhelm Furtwängler. He was head of German repertory at the Met, being accepted by Toscanini on the recommendation of Ferruccio Busoni. In 1921 he was engaged by the New York Philharmonic as a guest conductor. In 1928, Bodanzky announced his resignation from the Met and was replaced by Joseph Rosenstock. However, Rosenstock received such criticism in the press that he himself resigned almost immediately on medical advice, and Bodanzky was rehired, and remained at the Met until his death. He was approached by Thomas Beecham to conduct at Covent Garden in 1936, but his requested fee of 250 pounds for each performance was considered too high.

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Arthur Bodanzky

Arthur Bodanzky

Artur Bodanzky (also written as Artur Bodzansky) (16 December 1877 in Vienna – 23 November 1939 in New York) was an Austrian-American conductor particularly associated with the operas of Wagner.

The son of Jewish merchants, Bodanzky studied the violin and composition with Alexander Zemlinsky  Bodanzky then became conducting assistant to Gustav Mahler in Vienna, later going on to jobs in Berlin, the Neues Deutsches Theater in Prague ...

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WAGNER Siegfried

Recorded live in 1937
Total duration:  3hr 25:51

Lauritz Melchior, Siegfried
Friedrich Schorr,
Wanderer
Kirsten Flagstad,
Brünhilde

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
conducted by Arthur Bodanzky