Jeffrey Tate

Biography

Born: April 28, 1943; Salisbury, Wiltshire, England  
As a featured guest conductor in nearly every major orchestra hall and opera house throughout the world, even Jeffrey Tate himself has expressed astonishment at his own career. For, in a way much different than today's somewhat self-absorbed, globetrotting, jet-set conductors, Tate shines as a conductor who, having overcome serious adversity, does what he does out of pure love for music and nothing else.

Tate's struggles began in his
Read more childhood, when he was diagnosed with a neurological disorder known as spina bifida. Although he had to endure long hospital stays, doctors were eventually able to help Tate learn to walk with a cane (although he sits while conducting). He was able to overcome his health problems in order to study medicine at the University of Cambridge, becoming a doctor in 1969: an acknowledgement to the profession that saved and helped enhance his life.

A talented pianist as a child, Tate was often featured in the hospital where he received treatments. Nevertheless, his multifaceted interests (which, in addition to music and medicine also include reading, cooking, and church-crawling) made Tate a musical late-bloomer. In his later years, as Tate eventually became more focused on music, he was invited to join the Royal Opera House as a repetiteur; it was in London that he began to learn from the master conductors of the day, including the company's conductor Georg Solti. He later worked as an assistant to Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg, Pierre Boulez in Bayreuth and James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1978, at age 35, Tate made a highly successful professional conducting debut with the Gothenburg Opera conducting Bizet's Carmen. Following on the heels of his Swedish success, he created a sensation by filling in for James Levine conducting Berg's massively difficult opera Lulu in 1980.

Appointed principal guest conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra in 1985, Tate completed a number of highly praised recordings of modern-day instrument versions of Haydn and Mozart released on EMI Classics. In the wake of conductor Gary Bertini's death, Tate was promoted from principal conductor to music director of the Theatre San Carlo of Naples (2005). An earlier performance of Humperdinck's opera Die Konigskinder there garnered critical acclaim and won him the Franco Abbiati prize (2002). His performances of Wagner's Ring, in both Paris and Australia, have received extraordinarily high acclaim and generated significant box office revenue. In 2005, he was appointed music director of the Theatre San Carlo of Naples.

The highest honors from both the French and British government have been bestowed upon Tate, including the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Since 1989, Tate has also served as the director the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Read less
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1227072 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Ludovico Einaudi,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti,  Craig Ogden,  Ji Liu,  Maarten Jansen  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Andrew Litton,  Neeme Järvi,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Kiri Te Kanawa: The Classic Albums [6-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002013002 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube,  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gottfried H. Stölzel  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Sir Georg Solti,  Gabriele Fontana,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Sir Georg Solti,  Sir Colin Davis,  Gyorgy Fischer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Kiri Te Kanawa - Opera Arias
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564635295 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gustave Charpentier,  Claude Debussy,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Roger Vignoles,  Andrew Schulman
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Jeffrey Tate,  Julius Rudel,  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Richard Strauss: Operatic Orchestral Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 636544 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Mozart: Complete Symphonies / Jeffrey Tate,  English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 8463824 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Britten: Vocal Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 151642 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Henry Purcell,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  Neil Mackie,  Barry Tuckwell,  Roger Vignoles  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Steuart Bedford,  Richard Armstrong,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Weill: Violin Concerto; Milhaud, Stravinsky / Pieranunzi, Tate
    Label: Concerto   Catalog: 2071 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Darius Milhaud,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Gabriele Pieranunzi,  Alessandro Carbonare,  Enrico Pieranunzi
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra
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    Mozart: Great Piano Concertos / Uchida, Kocsis, Lupu, Previn, Ashkenazy, Zacharias
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2001038 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Homero Francesch,  Heidrun Holtmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Gerd Albrecht,  Marc Andreae  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  German Chamber Philharmonic  ... 
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    Icon - Brigitte Fassbaender [8-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 829682 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Hugo Wolf,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Karl Engel,  Erik Werba,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Baumgart,  Lawrence Foster,  Jeffrey Tate,  Wolfgang Eber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Bavariae,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Other Wagner
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 705514 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Irwin Gage,  Thomas Hampson,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer,  Michel Plasson,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Chorus Men  ... 
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    Essential Britten
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40292 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  Neil Mackie,  Barry Tuckwell,  Ida Haendel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Iona Brown,  Steuart Bedford,  Paavo Berglund  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Endymion Ensemble
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    Sacred Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2646 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  David Thomas,  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Gérard Lesne  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Andrew Parrott,  Philip Ledger,  Paul McCreesh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort  ... 
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  • 13.
    Offenbach: Tales Of Hoffmann / Tate, Norman, Araiza, Studer, Ramey
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001726902 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Cheryl Studer,  Eva Lind,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden State Opera Orchestra
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    The Art of Renee Fleming
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001717202 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Alfredo Catalani,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Bryn Terfel,  Ralph Salmins,  Steve Pearce  ... 
    Conductor:  Andreas Delfs,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Daniel Barenboim,  Paul Gemignani  ... 
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    Essential Overtures
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27866 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Sir David Willcocks,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
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    50 Best Overtures & Preludes
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27368 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
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    Best Overtures 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27333 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 / Kennedy, Tate, English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6027385 Release Date: 03/13/2012  
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto / Kennedy, Tate, English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6027495 Release Date: 03/13/2012  
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Strauss: Arabella / Jeffrey Tate, Kiri Te Kanawa
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001654102 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Helga Dernesch,  Ernst Gutstein,  Peter Seiffert,  Gabriele Fontana  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 21.
    The Very Best Of Kiri Te Kanawa
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog:  6790072 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Cilča,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Don Lusher,  Jim Hughes,  Laurie Holloway  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Jeffrey Tate,  Julius Rudel,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble,  Members of the National Philharmonic Orchestra Lon
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  • 22.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7317522 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Daniel Adni,  Stephen Hough,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Efrem Kurtz,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Herbert von Karajan,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
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    A Musical Portrait: Barbara Hendricks
    Label: Arte Verum   Catalog: 200 Release Date: 01/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Francis Poulenc,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen,  Barbara Hendricks,  Love Derwinger,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Love Derwinger,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  James Conlon,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnus Lindgren Quartett,  Drottingholm Baroque ensemble
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  • 24.
    Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Mozart
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4804964 Release Date: 10/04/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Georg Solti,  John Pritchard,  György Fischer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Amadeus: Best Of Mozart
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82164 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Stephen Hough,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Sabine Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Bryden Thomson,  Hans Vonk,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
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