Obituary: Tenor John Brecknock Passes Away

Opera Rara

John Brecknock, a beloved tenor at the English National Opera, has passed away.

The ENO announced the news on Twitter and said, “We are sorry to hear about the death of highly respected tenor John Brecknock, who sang many major roles for ENO and around the world.”

The tenor, who was known for the clarity of his voice, sang all over the world, including in Liège, London, and New York.  He was particularly associated with the English National Opera, as he sang many roles and made numerous recordings with the company. Among the roles he was best known for were the title role of “Werther,” Don Ottavio in “Don Giovanni,” “Roméo et Juliette,” and most notably Alfredo in “La Traviata.”

It was Alfredo that he recorded with Sir Charles Mackerras and Valerie Masterson for EMI. He also recorded the work with Elizabeth Harwood. Both were done in English.

He recorded “L’incoronazione di Poppea” with Dame Janet Baker, also in English, as well as Massenet’s “Werther” with the English National Opera. He also recorded Offenbach’s “Robinson Crusoe” for Opera Rara.

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FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He currently freelances for Remezcla. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

2 Comments on "Obituary: Tenor John Brecknock Passes Away"

  1. Patrick Campbell | June 21, 2017 at 3:56 am | Reply

    One of the finest of British opera tenors who deservedly sang at the Met opposite Joan Sutherland. But judging from the limited obituaries we’ve seen (with the exception of the Daily Telegraph, it was too long ago.

    • Donald Fairgrieve | July 17, 2017 at 10:16 am | Reply

      Agreed – an engaging stage personality – and always perfect diction. Very happy memories of many ENO performances – thank you J.B.

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