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End of an era

Fort Worth Opera earlier today parted ways with its general director of 16 years, Darren K. Woods. His tenure with the company included a strong focus on contemporary works such as Silent Night, Glory Denied, Angels in America and JFK.

Nicolai Gedda 1925-2017

According to the Svenska Dagblatet, the internationally renowned Swedish singer died on January 8. He was 91.  Read more »

Caved

forzaThe Met has canceled its new production of La forza del destino, which was to have been directed by Calixto Bieito. [AP]

Hvorostovsky out of Met ‘Onegin’

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming opera engagements, including this spring’s Met performances as the title character in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, due to illness.

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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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The end is in the beginning and yet you go on

“…they hoped he would soon take on an emeritus position that would keep him involved in the company as part of a graceful exit.:

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Pierre Boulez 1925-2016

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

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