Obituary: Austrian Tenor Kurt Azesberger Dies at 60

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Paladino Music official website)

Austrian tenor Kurt Azesberger has died at the age of 60, after suffering from heart failure while on vacation in South Tyrol, Austria.

Azesberger studied at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and at the Music Conservatory of Vienna. Kurt Azesberger had performed worldwide, including Germany, Austria, UK, Italy, France, and Spain, among others. He had taken part in the major opera festivals, such as the Salzburg Festival, Glyndebourne, and BBC Proms.

Azesberger had worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Franz Welser-Möst, Philippe Herreweghe, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, among others. He had performed with major world orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Bachakademie Stuttgart, among others.

Azesberger was slated to appear in the role of Melot in the run of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” at The Teatro Petruzzeli in Bari in April and May 2020. The run was canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19.