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    The eminent pianist and teacher Bela Siki died on Thursday in Seattle.
    Bela Siki was good. I heard him play the Bartok Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Vancouver Symphony -- a tough work!

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    Default Thomas Hammons dies at 68 on November 13th



    The bass-baritone Thomas Hammons who sang more than 250 times at the Metropolitan Opera, has died suddenly at 68, leaving a grieving widow and twin daughters.


    A first-choice casting for John Adams opera, he created the role of Henry Kissinger in the world premiere of Nixon in China in 1987 at Houston Grand Opera and performed the role in many other houses. He played the terrorist Rambo in Adams’s Death of Klinghoffer at its Brussels world premiere and featured on the Nonesuch recordings of both works.

    Elsewhere, he was a chilling Sacristan in Tosca.

    At Cincinnati Opera in 2016 he had a heart attack backstage after rehearsal. A stagehand gave him emergency resuscitation and an extra, who happened to be a surgeon, looked after him until an ambulance arrived. He made a good recovery and enjoyed a full career.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Default Elsa Kastela Greek soprano



    The Greek soprano Elsa Kastela, star of the Bonn Opera while the small town was still Germany’s capital, has died at a well-guarded age. Elsa went on to become a sought-after singing teacher in Vienna.
    Age unknown.
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    Default Arthur Woodley 1949 2020




    Arthur Woodley, a fine operatic bass who died today. 21-11-2020

    A New Yorker who grew up in the Virgin Isles, he sang in an Italian rock band to get him through his studies in Bologna and made his debut in October 1979 in Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Carnegie Hall.

    He sang at the Met and many other US houses, latterly in Porgy and Bess. He appeared in 12 productions at Seattle Opera. His last major appearance was as Rocco in Atlanta’s Fidelio.
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    Default Hugh Beresford has died at the age of 94 November 24th




    The opera singer Hugh Beresford has died in his adopted city at the age of 94.

    Beresford won the Richard Tauber Prize as a baritone in 1951 and decided to continue his studies in Austria. He made his debut in Linz in 1953 as Wolfram in Tannhäuser and in 1960 became a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 1970 he transitioned to become a tenor, singing the role of Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio. That same year, he made his Bayreuth debut as Tannhäuser.
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    Default Camilla Wicks passed away November 26th at 92





    The violin world is mourning the death yesterday of Camilla Wicks, a violin prodigy who made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at just 13 and became Sibelius’s favourite performer of his violin concerto.She recorded the Beethoven concerto with Bruno Walter and the Walton, gloriously, with Yuri Simonov.

    She took a break to raise a family in the 1950s and went on to teach at mostly small US colleges, eventually accepting the Isaac Stern Chair at the San Francisco Conservatory, her final position before retirement. Stern called her simply ‘the greatest violinist’.

    ‘The greatest female violinist?’ he was asked.
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