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Arturo Toscanini
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Conductor
    (March 25, 1867-January 16, 1957)
    Specialized in Italian opera
    Conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the La Scala Theater Orchestra, the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
    Recorded ‘Otello,’ ‘Falstaff,’ ‘La Boheme,’ Verdi’s ‘Requiem,’ and the nine Beethoven symphonies
    As a young man, he ran for office on the Fascist ticket.
    He had a horrible temper.
    He was known for throwing heavy musical scores into the orchestra when they played badly.
    He was once taken to court for hitting a violinist who played a wrong note.
    He would sing along with his orchestra without even realizing it.
    He was a womanizer.
    One of his mistresses used to send him handkerchiefs stained with her menstrual blood.
    At 19, he jumped up and conducted a performance of ‘Aïda’ after the conductor was booed off the stage.
    He had a photographic memory, and remembered every note of every instrument in the orchestra.
    He gave his American musicians the day off on the Fourth of July.
    He conducted the world premieres of several famous Puccini operas.
    He was considered the finest conductor of his day.
    He quickly gave up Fascism, and eventually left Europe altogether to protest it.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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