Göran Gentele

Göran Gentele
Ingarö kyrka Göran Gentele.jpg
General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera
In office
Preceded by Rudolf Bing
Personal details
Born 29 September 1917
Stockholm, Sweden
Died 18 July 1972 (aged 54)[1]
Olbia, Sardegna, Italy
Occupation Opera impresario

Göran Gentele (29 September 1917 – 18 July 1972) was a Swedish actor, director, and opera manager. He was briefly the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1972.[2]


Born in Stockholm, Gentele studied from 1944 until 1946 at the Dramatens elevskola, beginning a brief career as a film actor not long afterwards. He soon turned to directing, working for a time at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and then at the Royal Swedish Opera, where his more notable productions included Gian Carlo Menotti's The Consul and Karl-Birger Blomdahl's Aniara. He became director of the company in 1963.

He also directed films during approximately the same period (1947 to 1969), making at least 15 feature films and television movies. His 1951 film Leva på 'Hoppet' was awarded the Silver Bear for comedy at the Berlin International Film Festival.[3]

He succeeded Sir Rudolf Bing as director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1972.[2] Soon after assuming the post, on 18 July 1972, Gentele died in an automobile accident while on vacation in Sardinia; he was killed along with two of his daughters when the car in which they were riding collided head-on with a truck. A third daughter was injured, as was Gentele's wife, Marit. Schuyler Chapin, Gentele's assistant, was named acting director almost at once.


Despite the fact that he had been in office only a few weeks at his death, several of Gentele's plans for the company were implemented under Chapin. The most notable of these was a new production of Georges Bizet's Carmen designed for Marilyn Horne; this was used to open the 1972-1973 season. Gentele was the second general director of the Metropolitan, behind Herbert Witherspoon, to die before the opening night of his first season with the company.


Gentele won the Silver Bear (Comedies) award at the 1st Berlin International Film Festival for his film Leva på 'Hoppet'.[4]


  1. ^ "Gentele, Head of Met, Dies With 2 Children in Crash; Was Bing's Successor -Wife and 3d Daughter Injured in Sardinia Goeran Gentele, Director of Met, Dies in Auto Crash" (PDF).
  2. ^ a b "New Manager for the Met". Time magazine. December 21, 1970. Retrieved 2015-08-12. Rudolf Bing last week introduced the man who will succeed him two seasons hence as general manager of Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera. He is Sweden's Goran Gentele (pronounced Joran Gften-tell-uh), 53, who for the past seven years has directed the Royal Opera House in Stockholm. ...
  3. ^ IMDB: Filmography, Accessed April 29, 2016
  4. ^ "1st Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2009-12-20.

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Preceded by
Rudolf Bing
General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera
Succeeded by
Schuyler Chapin