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Obituary: Music Professor Christopher Charles Roselli Dies At 55
Christopher Charles Roselli, a well-established professor of music who worked with hundreds of students to achieve their goals on Broadway, passed away at the age of 55 years old on May 18, 2017. Roselli was born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to David and Frances Roselli. Unsure of what he wanted to do originally, after much deliberation he decided to study music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro,…
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Obituary: Barbara Smith Conrad, Beloved Opera Trailblazer, Dies at 79
Barbra Smith Conrad, the world-renowned opera singer, passed away on May 22 at the age of 79. The cause still unknown, but a cousin of Conrad declared that she had advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Conrad, an acclaimed mezzo-soprano, sang at the most esteemed stages across the globe, from New York’s Metropolitan Opera to the Vienna State Opera. At the age of 19, and as part of the first group of black…
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Obituary: Bass Dennis Wilgenhof Passes Away At 44
Dennis Wilgenhof has died at the age of 44. The Dutch bass was found dead on Tuesday at a hotel in Maastricht, where he taught at the local academy. According to early reports, the singer suffered a heart attack. He was a member of the soloist's ensemble of Oper Köln and Staatstheater Wiesbaden and he sang numerous leading roles including Osmin in "Entführung aus dem Serail," Sarastro in "Die Zauberflöte," Sparafucile…
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Obituary: Beloved Soprano Eliane Lublin Dies
Soprano Eliane Lubin has passed away after fighting cancer at the age of 79. The soprano passed away on May 1st after six months of treatment for a brain tumor. Born in 1938, Lublin made her professional debut in the 1960s where she performed in Monte-Carlo and at the Aix-en-Provence festival. After performing the role of  Sister Constance in Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmélites" at the Palais Garnier in 1972, she…
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Obituary: Dorothy Dorow Dies At 86
Dorothy Dorow has passed away at the age of 86. The English soprano died on April 15 after a lengthy career mastering the works of contemporary music. The soprano debuted in London in 1958 and went on to sing numerous world premiered, including works from György Ligeti, Hans Werner Henze, Luigi Dallapiccola, Sylvano Bussotti and Luigi Nono. Throughout her career was also notable for performing works by Igor Stravinsky and performed internationally…
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Obituary: Agnes Geibel Has Passed Away
German soprano Agnes Giebel has passed away. The soprano's family announced that Giebel had died on on April 24 at the age of 95. Born in Heerlen, Netherlands, she studied at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. Her career began in 1947 and quickly became a fixture with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Otto Klemperer and the Leipzig Thomanerchor with Günter Ramin. Giebel's repertoire was very varied but it was mostly made…
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Obituary: Bruce Brewer Remembered for His Lyric Tenor
Bruce Brewer has passed away at the age of 75. The tenor, born in San Antonio, Texas on October 12, 1941, passed away in his sleep at Sainte Anne, St. Fraimbault in Lassay-Les-Chateaux, France, on March 6, 2017. The tenor went on to make his stage debut in 1970 and performed on such stages as the Covent Garden, La Scala, Florence, Paris and Boston. He mostly sang in Europe and went…
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Obituary: Endrik Wottrich Dies at 53
Endrik Wottirch has died at the age of 53. The Wiener Volksoper announced the news that he suffered a heart attack. Wottrich was born in Celle, Germany and went on to earn a diploma in violin studies at Juilliard and became a member of the Berlin Staatsoper through the 1990s.  He would make his stage debut in 1992 as Cassio in Verdi's "Otello" at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden and that would be…
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Obituary: Remembering Mezzo-Soprano Kristine Jepson
Mezzo-soprano Kristine Jepson has passed away at the age of 54. Jepson was born in Iowa and studied music at Indiana University. The mezzo had an international career and went on to appear in over 25 operas at houses across Europe and the United States including the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera and the San Francisco Opera. Among the roles, she was known for at the Metropolitan Opera are Idamante in…
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Obituary – Tenor Paul Gyton Dedicated His Life to WNO
It has been a hard few days in the opera Community. Over the weekend, Manfred Jung passed away and on Tuesday, tenor Paul Gyton passed away as well. Gyton was not a major soloist, but instead remained a loyal member of the chorus of the Welsh National Opera for a whopping 40 years. The tenor joined the ensemble on April 12, 1977, occasionally getting solo parts in select operas. Among them…