Georges Pretre made his conducting debut at the Opéra de Marseilles in 1946, at the Lyric Opera in 1959, at Covent Garden in 1961.
He was briefly music director of the Paris Opéra (1970-71) and the Vienna Symphony (1986-91), but mostly he was just happy conducting around.
Bon anniversaire, Maitre!
No time to rest. In October, he will conduct both the Vienna Symphony and the Philharmonic.