The man who conducted Domingo’s debut has diedmain
The golden years for Berislav Klobucar, who has died in Vienna aged 89, were the brimful sixties.
One year he conducted Placido Domingo’s triumphant Vienna debut. The next he stepped on for Herbert von Karajan in Walküre at the Met. A Croat from Zagreb, Klobucar studied with Lovro von Matacic and Clemens Krauss.
He was an ever-reliable pit master who, away from Vienna where he conducted 1,133 performances between 1953 and 1993, he was also chief conductor in Graz and Stockholm.
He has earned his rest.