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Dmitri Hvorostovsky is alive, his wife assures us

UPDATE: Florence Hvorostovsky has just posted to her Facebook page that the Russian news site reporting her husband’s death is mistaken. “My husband is fine and sleeping happily next to me,” she writes. (Photo via Askonas Holt.)

Brotherly love

Image from Albert Innaurato’s fantastical blog “Mrs. John Claggart’s Sad Life”

When I moved back to Philadelphia a few years ago, I reached out to Albert Innaurato, and he graciously agreed to meet from time to time to discuss the past and current music scenes and, of course, Albert himself.  Read more »

“He was sort of the Brando of music”

Image from Albert Innaurato’s fantastical blog “Mrs. John Claggart’s Sad Life”

I wept when I heard the news. Albert… I had such affection for him, his generosity of spirit in sharing all that he knew about practically everything in the world, was rarely matched by anyone I have ever known, ever.  Read more »

Philip Gossett 1941-2017

The American musicologist died earlier today in Chicago.

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Nicolai Gedda 1925-2017

According to the Svenska Dagblatet, the internationally renowned Swedish singer died yesterday.

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Jason McVicker 1962-2016

This is the hardest piece I’ve ever tried to write for parterre.

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Johan Botha 1965-2016

The dramatic tenor died this morning in Vienna.

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Daniela Dessì 1957-2016

Soprano Daniela Dessì has died of cancer. She was 59.

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Patrice Munsel 1925-2016

The soprano, famed for her status youngest performer to make a debut at the Met as well as her flamboyant style and personality, died last Thursday after suffering a stroke.

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Oh, brilliant more than fire

Today the world of opera mourns the death of soprano and pedagogue Phyllis Curtin, who passed away yesterday at the age of 94.

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