Anton Seidl

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Anton Seidl (7 May, 1850, – 28 March, 1898) was a Hungarian conductor.

He was born at Pest, Budapest, and entered the Leipzig Conservatory in October 1870, remaining there until 1872, when he was summoned to Bayreuth as one of Richard Wagner's copyists. There he assisted in making the first fair copy of Der Ring des Nibelungen. Thoroughly imbued with the Wagnerian spirit, it was natural that he should take a part in the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876.

His chance as a conductor came when, on Wagner's recommendation, he was appointed to the Leipzig State Theater, where he remained until, in 1882, he went on tour with Angelo Neumann's Nibelungen Ring company. To his conducting the critics attributed much of such artistic success as attended the production of the Trilogy at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in June of that year.

In 1883 Seidl went with Neumann to Bremen, but two years later was appointed as a conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and in the same year he married Auguste Kraus, the distinguished singer. He became conductor of the New York Philharmonic in 1891 where he remained until is death in 1898. While in New York, he conducted the premiere performance of Antonin Dvořák's New World Symphony, which would have great significance to American classical music.


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