ZUBIN MEHTA - Unique among today’s conductors
Why is Zubin Mehta unique among today’s conductors? He is the only Indian, and one of only two Asians, to make it to the elite group of international conductors, Seiji Ozawa (b. 1935), the China born Japanese-US conductor being the other one. Mehta is one of the few conductors who have distinguished themselves in both orchestral concert music as well as opera music. His operatic career which began with Puccini’s Tosca he conducted in Montreal, in 1964, continues unabated.
Mehta is one of the few opera conductors to have crossed the 50-year mark, and a rare one to have conducted at the four most celebrated opera houses in the world namely, La Scala (Milan, founded in 1778), Covent Garden (London, built in 1858), Bayreuth (in a small town in Germany, newly opened in 1876, and traditionally associated with and managed by the Wagner family), and Metropolitan Opera or Met, for short (New York, opened in 1883). These four opera houses have been to opera devotees the world over what the char dhams namely, Badrinath, Dwaraka, Puri and Rameswaram, have been to Hindu pilgrims.
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