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Grau was followed by two other greats: Heinrich Conried 1903 - 1908 and the superbly organized and innovative Giulio Gatti-Casazza for 25 years from 1908 - 1935.
It was said of Gatti-Casazza that he spoke no English - perhaps an exaggeration, and perhaps also a convenient role for him.
However, Anton Seidl died suddenly in New York City on March 28, 1898, not yet age 48, seemingly of food poisoning.
The conducting style of Seidl is said to have been characterized by free tempi and interpretation, even of established classics, such as Beethoven, which divided listeners and critics of the era. Walter began conducting both oratorio society and concerts under his father, Leopold who became conductor of the German repertoire at the Metropolitan Opera in 1884.
In 1897, Anton Seidl conducted in London at Covent Garden.
Also in 1897, Anton Seidl organized a symphony orchestra, the Seidl Orchestra so named, that many thought would become a permanent New York feature, given the financial backing of the many Seidl admirers.
At Bayreuth, Seidl assisted in the creation of the first copy of the score of Das Ring des Nibelungen.
As a consequence, Seidl was at the first Bayreuth Festival in the Summer of 1876.
Walter Damrosch, as well as studying under his father, attended the Dresden Conservatory, where he studied with Wilhelm Albert Rischbieter (1834-1910) and Felix Draeseke (1835-1913). At the MET, Walter Damrosch was respected in his conducting of Wagner, although contemporary critics wrote that he did not reach the heights of contemporaries such as Hertz, and well short of the very different approaches of Mahler or Toscanini.
The Metropolitan Opera history since has been studded with so many famous names and historic performances they surpass any short listing.
This is true also of its orchestra, although as we will see, the history of orchestra and musicians of the Metropolitan Opera is less well documented.
Walter Damrosch had a successful relationship with Andrew Carnegie which resulted in Carnegie funding of the Symphony Society, and the funding of the construction of Carnegie Hall, opened in 1891.
This was a Damrosch strength of which the New York Times said '..has the shrewdness in business matters denied most musicians...' . During the 1920s, Damrosch progressively conducted symphony concerts less and less, and beginning 1927, became Music Director for NBC radio.