Gerard Mortier headed the Monnaie, the Brussels opera, from 1981 to 1991. He raised the artistic level of the house by creating a new repertoire, a new public, and a new style of operatic interpretation, thereby invigorating artistic life in Belgium and abroad. During this period, he gave at least 140 individual interviews to the press. This book is devoted to a discussion of the main themes contained in the interviews, based on copious excerpts from the interviews themselves.
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Simon Michael Namenwirth was born in 1934 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After completing his studies at an Amsterdam music conservatory, he earned a Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Minnesota. He worked at Harvard and Berkeley before going to the Free University of Brussels, where he was a university librarian and a professor of musicology. He is the author of Gustav Mahler: A Critical Bibliography.
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