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Thomas Schippers
Birth: Mar. 9, 1930
Kalamazoo County
Michigan, USA
Death: Dec. 16, 1977
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Conductor. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he was highly regarded for his opera and orchestra work. He played piano, studied in Philadelphia and made his début as a conductor in New York in 1948. He became conductor of Menotti's Spoleto Festival in 1950, joined New York City Opera in 1951 and commissioned the first opera especially for television broadcast. In 1952, he made his first appearances with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, at La Scala Milan, Italy and at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955. When the orchestra made its historic tour of the Soviet Union in 1959, Schippers went as its alternate conductor and was made the Metropolitan Opera's main conductor in 1960. Through the 1960s, he continued to conduct the Metropolitan Opera and accepted the position of music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1970. He also served as a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in the 1970s. He died of cancer in New York City. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
Family links: 
  Peter Schippers (1902 - 1986)
  Cornelia G. Schippers (1921 - 1927)*
  Henry Peter Schippers (1926 - 2011)*
  Thomas Schippers (1930 - 1977)
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Piazza Duomo
Provincia di Perugia
Umbria, Italy
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Record added: Oct 17, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 6705
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You are greatly missed.
 Added: Dec. 16, 2014
41 years.
 Added: Jul. 1, 2014
Remembering a great musician
- David Wend
 Added: Mar. 10, 2014
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