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André Previn

André Previn(composer/conductor/pianist, born April 6, 1929, Berlin, Germany) André Previn is a complete musician, perhaps the most successful crossover genius since George Gershwin and the most generous in the reach of his voracious musical tastes. "He is a born opera composer," said Lotfi Mansouri, director of the San Francisco Opera, where Previn's own A Streetcar Named Desire will have its world premiere September 19, 1998. Yet opera is only Previn's latest and most ambitious musical adventure. Before coming to opera, Previn has excelled in virtually every field of composition from symphony and concerto to chamber music and song cycles. Previn's masterful touch as a conductor and music director of the world's leading orchestras has been marked by a self-effacing respect for the score that is at least as intense as his natural way with orchestral phrasing.