Sixten Ehrling Dead at 86

Sixten Ehrling, considered the foremost Swedish conductor of the 20th century, has died at the age of 86 in New York.

Known in Sweden as one of the ”angry young men of the avant-garde” when he broke through here in the 1950s, Ehrling was appreciated for his frankness and his direct style, but also for his intellectualism, his modernism and his ability to work with musicians.

During his career, spanning more than half a century, Ehrling conducted virtually all of the world’s great orchestras and performed at most of the foremost opera houses in the world.

Ehrling conducted his last opera in Stockholm last summer.