Julius Rudel (born 6 March 1921) is an American opera and orchestra conductor. He was born in Vienna and was a student at the city's Academy of Music, but emigrated to the United States at the age of 17 in 1938 after the country was annexed by Germany.
New York City Opera
After 1944, he began a 35-year career with that company which continued until 1979. After rising to Principal Conductor and General Director in 1957, he brought the company international acclaim with his innovative programming (including three seasons of all-American operas in 1958, 1959, and 1960), and formed a partnership with Beverly Sills, who became the leading soprano of the NYCO. It was Rudel who led the company to their new home at the State Theater in Lincoln Center in 1966, opening with Ginastera's Don Rodrigo starring the young Plácido Domingo.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Rudel has conducted major orchestras and operas throughout the world. Between 1958 and 1963 he conducted frequently for the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, also serving as the company's Artistic Director for part of that time. In 1978, he first conducted at the Metropolitan Opera, making his debut with Werther. He has also won a Grammy Award.
In 2009 he was honored by the US National Endowment for the Arts for his many contributions to Opera.
- Morgan, Brian (2006), Strange Child of Chaos: Norman Treigle iUniverse, 2006. ISBN 0-595-38898-1
- Rudel, Julius; Rebecca Paller (2013), First and Lasting Impressions: Julius Rudel Looks Back on a Life in Music. University of Rochester Press. ISBN 978-1-58046-434-5
- Duffie, Bruce, Interview with Julius Rudel, November 1, 1982 (Published in the "Massenet Newsletter" in July, 1983)
- National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors, 2009: Julius Rudel on nea.gov/honors
- Rudel biography on Buffalo Philharmonic's website at buffalo.edul
- Stevenson, John, Artist Biography on allmusic.com