Classical Stories
4:45 pm
Thu July 15, 2010

Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras Dies at 84


The eminent Australian maestro - born in Schenectady, New York - was known as an authority on the operas of Leos Janacek, and was associated with many of Britain's most prominent opera houses and orchestras. He died of cancer in London on July 14th.

WRTI's Jim Cotter met the maverick conductor once in Edinburgh, and describes him as "utterly charming, witty, and self-deprecating."

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A Tribute to Charles Mackerras

Watch and Listen: Interview with Charles Mackerras from 2008