Ingpen & Williams

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Ingpen & Williams International Artists' Management, founded in London in 1946,[1] is a British classical music talent management agency. It is named for founders Joan Ingpen and her dog Williams, a dachshund.[2]

Ingpen, conductor Georg Solti's agent during the 1950s,[3] became artistic administrator of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in 1961 at Solti's request,[1][3] after which Ingpen & Williams was managed by Howard Hartog,[4][5] editor of European Music in the Twentieth Century.[6]

It was Joan Ingpen who put lyric tenor Luciano Pavarotti on the international opera map in 1963.[7][8][9] She hired him to cover for the role of Rodolfo in La bohème in the event that Giuseppe Di Stefano was unable to perform. Di Stefano withdrew on the second night, and Pavarotti's more than twenty five performances drew great acclaim.

The artists represented by Ingpen & Williams include, among many others,[10] Richard Armstrong, Pierre Boulez, Alfred Brendel, Janina Fialkowska, the Guarneri Quartet, Barbara Hendricks, Heinz Holliger, Ralph Kirshbaum, Paul Lewis, Peter Serkin, Graham Vick, Roger Vignoles, Radovan Vlatkovic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and West-Eastern Divan.

Joan Ingpen died December 29, 2007, aged 91.[2]


  1. ^ a b "About Ingpen & Williams International Artists’ Management". "Founded in 1946 by Joan Ingpen and her dog Williams, the business passed into the hands of Howard Hartog when Joan Ingpen moved to Covent Garden as artistic administrator at the request of Sir Georg Solti. She subsequently held similar positions at the Paris Opéra and the Metropolitan Opera New York." 
  2. ^ a b "Joan Ingpen". The Daily Telegraph. 9 January 2008. "Today Ingpen & Williams remains a leading player in classical music management, with a roster of artists that includes Pierre Boulez, Alfred Brendel and a host of well-known singers."  (Article includes photograph of Joan Ingpen with her first husband Alfred Dietz and her business partner Williams the dog.)
  3. ^ a b Sir Georg Solti, Memoirs, p. 130.
  4. ^ Anne Midgette (29 October 2006). "Can the iPod Kill These Radio Stars?". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Bill Newman (8 April 2006). "The Designer Touch: Tonina Doráti and opera production". Music and Vision classical music daily. 
  6. ^ European Music in the Twentieth Century. Howard Hartog, ed. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1957. Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1976 reprint edition. ISBN 0-8371-8680-3. doi:10.1336/0837186803.
  7. ^ Herbert Breslin, The King and I, p. 26.
  8. ^ Norman Lebrecht (6 September 2007). "He made the world smile". The Lebrecht Weekly, La Scena Musicale, Canada's Free Classical Music Magazine. 
  9. ^ "Luciano Pavarotti". The Times, London. 6 September 2007. 
  10. ^ "Ingpen & Williams Artists".