By some quirk of fate, I tend to hear about the deaths of many operatic legends via radio news while out driving. This again proved the case with Canadian tenor Jon Vickers, who passed away on June 10. Previous experience with the demise of Luciano Pavarotti, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Renata Tebaldi has taught me that it’s best to table my immediate itinerary, steer the car out of traffic and let the tears flow. Read more »
The “manager of legendary maestros” including James Levine, died today in Manhattan. He was 87. [New York Times]
The host of the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday Afternoon Radio Broadcasts and longtime public radio personality died today of complications from ovarian cancer. She was 58.
Musicologist, translator and above all critic Andrew Porter has died.
The American mezzo-soprano and impresario died today in San Jose after a long illness. She was 89.
La Cieca has just heard the sad news that the beloved soprano Licia Albanese died earlier this evening. She was 101.
The legendary and beloved Italian tenor died earlier today. He was 90.