The conductor Alberto Erede (1908–2001) was well-known in both Italy and Britain, and had conducted at Glyndebourne in 1938–39. He was musical director of the short-lived but most enterprising New London Opera Company at the Cambridge Theatre in the late 1940s. He was then hired by the Metropolitan Opera in New York between 1950 and 1954 and became Generalmusikdirektor at the Deutsche Opera am Rhein from 1958 to 1962. Erede also conducted Lohengrin at Bayreuth in 1968. He recorded extensively, both complete operas and as accompanist to singers and instrumentalists. He was much admired for his excellent training of young singers and was a great believer in ensemble work.