Jeffrey Tate


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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  • 1.
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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,  David Hartley  ... 
    Conductor:  Andreas Delfs,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Daniel Barenboim,  Paul Gemignani  ... 
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    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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    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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    Classic Lullabies: Music For Sweetest Dreams
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 70829 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Bernhard Flies,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork,  Juhani Lagerspetz,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Lars Anders Tomter  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Richard Stamp,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Paul Tortelier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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    Opera 2011
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 96666 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Caldara,  Giacomo Puccini,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Edgaras Montvidas,  Joyce DiDonato,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Conductor:  Kazushi Ono,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Antonio Pappano,  Eugene Kohn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale,  L'arpeggiata
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    Label: Musiques Suisses   Catalog: 6266 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Rolf Liebermann
    Performer:  Anne Howells
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
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    Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann Highlights / Tate, Norman
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438502 Release Date: 08/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Cheryl Studer,  Francisco Araiza,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Felicity Palmer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden State Opera Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus
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    50 Best Mozart
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57524 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Jack Brymer,  Christian Zacharias,  Frank Peter Zimmermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Zinman  ... 
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    Summertime - Beautiful Arias & Classical Songs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001297102 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Friedrich von Flotow,  Paraire Tomoana,  Salvatore Cardillo  ... 
    Performer:  Huguette Tourangeau,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Renée Fleming,  François Rive  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Jeffrey Tate,  Ian Dean,  Edoardo Müller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus,  Suisse Romande Chorus,  Suisse Romande Orchestra  ... 
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    Ultimate Classical Dreams - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280302 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Samuel Barber,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Marisa Robles,  Jack Brymer,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  David Zinman,  Frederick Fennell,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Walton: Cello Concerto, Passacaglia;  Bloch, Ligeti, Britten / Wispelwey, Tate, Sydney So
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4042 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Ernest Bloch,  György Ligeti,  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sydney Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Staatskapelle Dresden - Legendary Masterworks Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184532 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Hermann Prey,  Hilde Gueden  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Jeffrey Tate,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos K 175 & 238 / Uchida, Tate
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432082 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Ultimate Classical Relaxation - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001079002 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Neil Black,  Tess Miller,  Carmel Kaine  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  Sir Neville Marriner,  András Schiff,  Thurston Dart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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    Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1;  Mendelssohn / Kennedy, Tate
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49663 Release Date: 03/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Haydn: Symphonies 102 & 104 / Tate, English CO
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 09015 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Best Romantic Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15490 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Lucio Quarantotto,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Byzantine,  Amy Nuttall,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Sharon Isbin  ... 
    Conductor:  Julian Kershaw,  Seiji Ozawa,  Lawrence Foster,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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