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Joseph Rosenstock in Japan, 1977
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Joseph Rosenstock

(27 January 1895 in Kraków – 17 October 1985 in New York)

Joseph Rosenstock was born in Cracow, Poland, on Jan. 7, 1895. He graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Vienna, where he had studied the piano. At the age of 21 he abandoned plans to become a concert soloist and took the post of second conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Choir. It was in 1929, at the age of 34, that Mr. Rosenstock first arrived in New York from Germany to be conductor of German opera at the Metropolitan Opera House. Three weeks later he resigned, complaining that the job was affecting his health. When he left the Metropolitan, Mr. Rosenstock went back to Germany, where he became the music director of the Mannheim Opera House. In 1933 he was forced to leave because he was a Jew. He moved to Tokyo in 1936 to take over the Nippon Philharmonic, and remained there until the outbreak of World War II. On Oct. 14, l948, Mr. Rosenstock returned to New York's musical stage. He conducted Mozart's ''Marriage of Figaro'' at the New York City Opera, a debut that The New York Times described as ''masterly''.  ''Mr. Rosenstock revealed himself not only as an excellent musician and leader but as a real sensitive artist,'' Olin Downes, the Times critic, wrote in his review. Mr. Rosenstock was ''one who understood the traditions of the opera and the essence of the score,'' Mr. Downes wrote. Mr. Rosenstock went on to conduct Puccini's ''Boheme,'' Strauss's ''Rosenkavalier,'' Menotti's ''Medium,'' Berg's ''Wozzeck'' and other operas. He was appointed general manager of the City Opera in 1952. In 1953 the critic Howard Taubman wrote after a rendition of Rossini's ''Cenerentola'' that Mr. Rosenstock ''deserves immense credit for the way he has kept the performance musically fresh.'' In 1955 Mr. Rosenstock resigned as manager of the City Opera and returned to Japan to conduct. Years later, he told the Times critic Donal Henahan that he had left the City Opera because the job ''occupied too much time in administration. I had to check every laundry bill, for example.'' Mr. Rosenstock returned to New York and the Metropolitan Opera in 1961 to conduct Wagner's ''Tristan und Isolde,'' which received accolades from the critics. ''He is a precise conductor,'' Harold C. Schonberg wrote in The Times. ''But more, a musician with style, warmth and understanding. His Wagner is spacious yet well-controlled. Tempos keep moving without ever sounding rushed and the orchestral balance is always well adjusted.''


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