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GEORGES PRÊTRE

The French conductor Georges Prêtre has died aged 92. Prêtre, who cut a dashing figure on the podium with his square jaw and dazzling smile, was especially known for his work in opera and his sensitivity to the human voice. He conducted the world premiere of Poulenc’s onewoman opera La voix humaine, accompanied Maria Callas in several celebrated performances and recordings, and became something of a fixture with the Vienna Philharmonic during a career that spanned 70 years.

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