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Jason McVicker 1962-2016

bolenaThis is the hardest piece I’ve ever tried to write for parterre. For days now, it has just refused to work, and every time I hit a snag, the first thought in my mind would be, “Jason would have written this so beautifully.”  Read more »

Johan Botha 1965-2016

bothaThe dramatic tenor died this morning in Vienna. He was 51. [New York Times]

Daniela Dessì 1957-2016

DessiIt has been reported that soprano Daniela Dessì has died of cancer. She was 59. Read more »

Patrice Munsel

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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Denise Duval

Denise Duval 1921-2016

Soprano Denise Duval, muse to Francis Poulenc, died yesterday in Switzerland. She was 94.

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Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez 1925-2016

The composer and conductor died yesterday at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was 90.

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Mattiwilda Dobbs 1925-2015

The African-American coloratura soprano, was one of the first black artists to sing leading roles in international theaters, died yesterday.

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Jon Vickers Tribute

A life with a hero

By some quirk of fate, I tend to hear about the deaths of many operatic legends via radio news while out driving.

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Jon Vickers

Jon Vickers 1926-2015

The legendary Canadian heldentenor died on Friday. He was 88.

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