Haitink dies aged 92

Bernard Haitink, the former music director of the Royal Opera House, has died at his home in London. He was 92.

Covent Garden’s CEO Alex Beard said Haitink was a true gentleman whose “quiet authority and profound care and respect for his fellow artists inspired and moved beyond words”.

Born in Amsterdam the son of a civil servant he studied violin and conducting in Amsterdam and conducted his first concert at 25. He became fist conductor for the Concertgebouw Orchestra, later principal conductor, and stayed until moving to the London Philharmonic in 1967 where he stayed until 1979. He was at the Royal Opera House from 1987 to 2002.

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