Obituary: Bruce Brewer Remembered for His Lyric Tenor

By Francisco Salazar

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 on to marry mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle. His repertoire included Roberto in “Torquato Tasso” and Orpheus in Campra’s “Le carnaval de Venise.”

The tenor also performed numerous Donizetti roles including “L’Elisir d’Amore” as well as “L’Esule di Roma” with Katia Ricciarelli. He was also known for his work in Pergolesi and other baroque composers.

The tenor can be heard on recordings of Rameau’s “Les Indes Galantes” and Gretry’s “L’Amant jaloux.”