Tanglewood and Leonard Bernstein
In the summer 1971 Mr. Mauceri was invited to Tanglewood as a conducting fellow. There he studied with Bruno Maderna, Colin Davis, Seiji Ozawa, Gunther Schuller, and Leonard Bernstein. The next summer of 1972, while still teaching at Yale, he was invited by Mr. Bernstein to be his assistant for a new production of Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as its recording on Deutsche Grammophon. For 18 years Leonard Bernstein and John Mauceri worked together on many important projects. As a result, Mr. Mauceri has edited, supervised, and conducted numerous Bernstein works -- many of them premieres -- throughout the world, and at the invitation of the composer. In 1973 Mr. Mauceri supervised a new musical version Candide for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and subsequently Broadway for Mr. Bernstein, Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim that received a special Tony Award for "advancement in musical theater." A variety of versions of Candide have been under Mr. Mauceri's supervision, including his Grammy Award winning 1983 Opera House version and the definitive Scottish Opera version that won an Olivier Award in 1989 when it moved to London's West End. This version, recorded by the composer, won Bernstein a posthumous Grammy in 1991. In 1983, Bernstein invited Mauceri to conduct the European premiere of his new opera, A Quiet Place. In addition to his conducting responsibilities, Mauceri worked with Bernstein to reshape the opera as well as its orchestration.