Obituary: Music Critic Anthony Holden Dies at 76

By Afton Wooten
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Music critic and journalist Anthony Holden passed away on Oct. 7 at the age of 76.

Holden worked for several British new sources covering the Royal family, he served as a Washington Correspondent and US editor for The Observer (1979–81), Assistant Editor of The Times (1981–82), Executive Editor of Today, (1985–86), and was the chief classical music critic of The Observer (2002–08).

He went on to write the biography’s of Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky, and Lorenzo Da Ponte. Holden published translations of opera and Ancient Greek poetry. In 1993, Holden appeared on BBC 1’s “Who Killed Tchaikovsky?”

He is survived by his sons Ben, Sam and Joe, his stepchildren, Ben and Siena Colegrave, four grandchildren, and a brother, Robin Holden. He married Cynthia Blake in 1990 and separated 10 years later but did not divorce. His first wife Amanda Warren who passed away in 2021 was a noted librettist, opera translator and annotator.