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Dimitri Mitropoulos

Born: 1-Mar-1896 [1]
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: 2-Nov-1960
Location of death: Milan, Italy
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Religion: Greek Orthodox
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [2]
Occupation: Conductor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Conductor, NY Philharmonic, 1949-58

[1] Old Style, 18 February 1896. New Style, 1 March 1896.

[2] William R. Trotter, Priest of Music (1995), pp. 394-96 discusses this at some length, concluding that Mitropoulos was gay but largely celibate, though with a reputation quite the opposite: "Here was a bitter justice indeed: the more Mitroopoulos behaved like a celibate hermit, the more imaginary sins were attributed to him. He and [Maxim] Gershunoff discussed the problem one time, and Mitropoulos lamented: What a pity that I am condemned for luxuries I do not have the time to afford!"

Father: Yannis Mitropoulos ("Jean", merchant)
Mother: Angeliki Anagnostopoulos
Leonard Bernstein (conductor, had an affair, according to Shand-Tucci)

    University: Athens Conservatoire

    New York Metropolitan Opera Principal Conductor (1954-60)
    New York Philharmonic Music Director (1949-58)
    Minnesota Orchestra Music Director (1937-49, "Minneapolis Symphony")
    French Legion of Honor 1951
    Orfeo d'Oro (City of Mantua) 1956
    Naturalized US Citizen 1946
    Heart Attack 1959
    Risk Factors: Smoking

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