The conductor, who joined the conducting staff of the Metropolitan Opera 20 years ago, has died of coronavirus aged 74

Joel Revzen

Joel Revzen
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The Metropolitan Opera conductor Joel Revzen died last night of coronavirus. He was 74.

On the Met’s conducting staff since 1999, Revzen made his Met conducting debut in April 2017 in a production of Eugene Onegin starring Anna Netrebko and Peter Mattei. He was also Assistant Conductor in 2017/18 for productions of Puccini’s Turandot, Mozart’s Magic Flute, Bellini’s Norma, Massenet’s Cendrillon and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and, in 2018-19, Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, Boito’s Mefistofele, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.

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Revzen conducted the Minnesota Chorale, as well as the Minnesota Orchestra and the St Paul Chamber orchestra. Two years ago he became music director of the Mayshad Festival in Marrakech, Morocco. From 2003 to 2012, he was artistic director of Arizona Opera. For more than a decade he conducted annually at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. He was also Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Classical Tahoe, a festival featuring musicians from the Met orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, LA Phil and other ensembles.

He made two recordings with the London Stmphony Orchestra, and others with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Symphony and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.