February 8, 2022
James Conlon Newsletter: Winter 2022

50th Anniversary of New York Debut - This month of February marks 50 years since James Conlon made his New York debut conducting The Juilliard School’s 1972 production of Puccini’s La Bohème. Thomas Schippers had been scheduled to lead the production, but he suddenly withdrew and a replacement was needed. Maria Callas, who had been at Juilliard giving master classes, insisted that Mr. Conlon be the one to conduct, as she had been greatly impressed by the 21-year-old conductor in rehearsal. He remembers her as “constantly supportive, totally professional, amazingly compassionate, a total contradiction to the popularized prima-donna image generally associated with her.” They are pictured above following Mr. Conlon’s debut, which was the first time that an undergraduate had conducted a major Juilliard opera production. 

 

Read the full press release here: https://bit.ly/3gy7N5O 

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