Goodall. Hoy 5 de Mayo de 1990 muere Reginald Goodall, uno de los mejores directores wagnerianos del siglo XIX. Dirigió el estreno mundial de "Peter Grimes" y "The Rape of Lucretia" de Britten.

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Reginald Goodall (Lincoln, Inglaterra, 13 de julio de 1901 - 5 de mayo de 1990) fue un director de orquesta inglés particularmente destacado en el repertorio de óperas de Richard Wagner y en el estreno de obras de Benjamin Britten.

Conocido como "Reggie", estudió en el Royal College of Music y en 1929 fue organista y maestro de coro en St. Alban's, Holborn.

Políticamente alineado con el fascismo y luego el nazismo durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Dirigió el estreno mundial de Peter Grimes en 1945 y de El rapto de Lucrecia, ambas de Benjamin Britten. Dirigió generalmente en Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Sadlers Well y la English National Opera.

En los años 60 y 70 se destacó como un eminente wagneriano dirigiendo versiones en inglés de Los maestros cantores de Núremberg (The Mastersingers), Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde y El anillo del nibelungo. Favoreció los tiempos muy lentos y el ciclo de la tetralogia llegó a durar dos horas mas que las versiones de Karl Böhm o Pierre Boulez.

Fue a menudo comparado con Georg Solti e influyó a varias generaciones de cantantes.


Sir Reginald Goodall (13 July 1901 – 5 May 1990) was an English conductor and singing coach, noted for his performances of the operas of Richard Wagner and for conducting the premieres of several operas by Benjamin Britten.

Goodall was born in Lincoln, and studied at the Royal College of Music and elsewhere in Europe. In 1929, he became the organist and choirmaster at St. Alban's Church, Holborn.

Passionate about all things German, in the 1930s Goodall openly sympathized with the Nazi regime, which he perceived as a defender of Germanic cultural traditions. Goodall also actively supported Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists, and he eventually joined the party just five days after Britain's declaration of war on Germany. He maintained his outspoken pro-Nazi views during World War II, the uninhibited expression of which once led him to be briefly questioned by the police. Goodall was known to refer to the Holocaust as a "BBC Jewish plot".

During the war, Goodall conducted the Wessex Philharmonic, a freelance orchestra which included some ex-members of the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra. In 1944, Goodall joined the Sadler's Wells company, forerunner of the English National Opera.

An early triumph was his conducting of the premiere of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes in 1945. He conducted this again later at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he had first conducted in 1947. He was an assistant conductor to the music director of the Royal Opera House, Karl Rankl, in the late 1940s. Goodall also conducted at Glyndebourne, including another Britten premiere, this time of The Rape of Lucretia, which was also his first recording, with EMI.

Goodall spent much of his career conducting orchestras at the Royal Opera House and Sadler's Wells Opera. At Covent Garden, he was overshadowed by Georg Solti.

When Solti was made Music Director of the Royal Opera in 1961, altercations soon followed, leading Goodall to cease conducting duties and withdraw to an upper-floor room, nicknamed "Valhalla", where he remained available to singers for coaching on request.[3] For Goodall, conducting success finally came with an appointment at Sadler's Wells, where from 1967 he worked in close collaboration with the head of the music staff, Leonard Hancock.[4][5] In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Goodall conducted several celebrated Wagner productions at Sadler's Wells Opera that reversed the decline in his prestige and established him as one of the leading Wagner conductors of his time. He conducted The Mastersingers in 1968, and the full Ring Cycle from 1970 to 1973, both productions sung in English.[8]

His last public performance was in 1987 at the Royal Albert Hall, London where he led the English National Opera Company in a performance of Act 3 of Wagner's Parsifal. The cast included Gwynne Howell (Gurnemanz), Warren Ellsworth (Parsifal), Neil Howlett (Amfortas) and Shelagh Squires (Kundry).

Reputation and legacy
A self-effacing man, Goodall achieved his own prominence in later life once he was able to come out from under the shadow of some of the great German and Austrian conductors of his era, for whom he understudied, conducted rehearsals and provided vocal coaching. But it was not Otto Klemperer, Herbert von Karajan or Wilhelm Furtwängler with whom he was then compared.

It was with Georg Solti, when both were conducting and recording Ring Cycles by Richard Wagner.The differences in tempi and temperament were most notable, but Goodall was most appreciated for his attention to detail (and Wagner's annotations) and for his extensive rehearsals. Solti's recordings made in Vienna had the advantage of attracting the more remarkable soloists (singing in the original language) and are probably now better appreciated, not least for their more spirited tempi, though recent recordings by Daniel Barenboim and James Levine have returned to a more measured approach.

Goodall became much loved by many of the musicians and singers with whom he worked over long periods, building up a mutual understanding and rapport which showed in the quality of his recordings, especially with British singers, notably Rita Hunter and Alberto Remedios, whose careers he fostered. Some British reviewers consider his Ring to be one of the most beautiful vocally, even if the entire tetralogy lasted three hours longer than under the batons of Karl Böhm or Pierre Boulez.

John Lucas published an authorized biography of Goodall in 1993.

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