Warwick Braithwaite

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Henry Warwick Braithwaite (born January 9, 1896 in Dunedin , † January 18, 1971 in London ) was a New Zealand conductor.

Braithwaite studied from 1916 to 1919 at the Royal Academy of Music and began his career as a conductor of the O'Mara Opera Company (1919-22). He then worked in Munich, was the conductor of the British National Opera Company and conducted performances of the National Orchestra of Wales at the BBC .

At Sadler's Wells , he performed operas such as Die Fledermaus , Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg , Fidelio , The Wreckkers (by Ethel Smyth ), Tannhäuser and Don Carlos with Lawrence Collingwood . During the Second World War he was conductor of the Scottish Orchestra .

After a season at Covent Garden Opera 1951–52, he conducted until 1956 in New Zealand. From 1956 to 1960 he was musical director of the Welsh National Opera , after which he returned to Sadler's Wells (until 1968). His son Nicholas Braithwaite is also known as a conductor.