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Farewell to Christa Ludwig

Christa Ludwig, one of the greatest mezzo-sopranos of the 20th century, passed away at the age of 93 at her home in Klosterneuburg, Austria. Ms. Ludwig was a renowned singer and stage actor who brought power and charisma to every song and role. Her career spanned close to half a...

James Levine: Conductor and Scandal

The death of American conductor James Levine in March 2021 is inevitably marked by renewed discussion of the termination of his contract at the Metropolitan Opera due to his sexually abusive and harassing conduct towards vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers throughout his professional life. It is...

Pianist Leon Fleisher Just Passed Away

The celebrated American musician Leon Fleisher (sometimes incorrectly spelled as Leon Fleischer) has died in a hospice in Baltimore at the age of 92. Born in 1928 in San Francisco to Isidore and Bertha Fleisher, both Jewish immigrants, his parents managed the family’s two hat shops.  Drawn to the piano from...

Farewell to Jon Vickers 1926-2015

On July 10th, 2015, the legendary Canadian tenor Jon Vickers died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 88 years old. A peerless performer, showman, and friend Jon Vickers was a legendary opera singer for almost four decades. During his lengthy career, Jon accumulated many awards and accolades...

Farewell to Claudio Abbado (1933-2014)

Claudio Abbado, one of Italy’s finest conductors of the modern age, passed away from stomach cancer on January 20, 2014. He left an impact on major orchestras across Europe and in North America, which was preserved on several seminal recordings. Conducting Career Abbado came from a very musical family and...

Farewell to conductor Colin Davis

Colin Davis, one of England’s premier musical talents, passed away in the spring of 2013. He left behind countless recordings of compositions that covered a breadth of composers in a career that spanned decades and continents. Conducting Career Sir Colin Rex Davis was not supposed to be a conductor. When...

Farewell to: Van Cliburn, American Classical Pianist

Van Cliburn, one of America’s most famous pianists, unfortunately passed away in 2013. He left behind a legacy of storied musical achievements, humanitarianism, and a competition that draws young pianists to this day, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Musical Achievements Cliburn was born on July 12, 1934, in Louisiana....

Farewell to Wolfgang Sawallisch, German Conductor

The prolific German conductor, Wolfgang Sawallisch, left us on February 22, 2013. He left behind many recordings, particularly of his beloved Strauss, and made an impact on several orchestras across the globe. Early Life Wolfgang Sawallisch was born on August 26, 1923, in Munich, Germany. He was passionate about music...

Farewell to Roger Gross (1938-2013)

We received the sad news that our dear friend and colleague Roger Gross passed away. Roger died peacefully at his home last Friday, January 4th, 2013.  He was not only a truly wonderful person but someone worldwide admired for his deep knowledge of opera and classical music and the business of music memorabilia. We...

Farewell to Lisa Della Casa, Galina Vishnevskaya & Charles Rosen

Farewell to Lisa Della Casa Lisa Della Casa lived for music until she passed away in 2012 at the age of 93. The stunning Swiss soprano astonished audiences in Europe and the United States with her beauty, subtle stage presence, and the power of her singing voice. A Star Is...

Farewell to Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012)

Hans Werner Henze, one of continental Europe’s most influential 20th century composers, left us in 2012. Hans Henze’s expansive oeuvre of politically charged operas, ballets, and other classical works lives on. Musical Influence Henze’s body of work is known for its breadth of musical influences. Throughout his long, storied life,...

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