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    Default Susan Loris passed away at 59




    Mark Niehaus, president of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, has just conveyed news of the sudden death of Susan Loris, executive vice president of institutional advancement.

    The cause was a heart attack.

    ‘I don’t even have words at this point,’ says Mark in an internal message to staff and musicians.

    Susan had been with the orchestra since 2007.

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    Default John C. Koss passed away at 91





    John C. Koss

    The death is reported in Milwaukee of John C. Koss, creator of the stereophone which changed the world’s listening habits.

    Koss, who was 91, founded the Koss Corporation in 1953 to rent television sets to hospital patients.

    One thing led to another. Koss were the first to produce a hi-fi quality headphone.

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    Default Ivan Mozgovenko passed away just after his 99 birthday






    The fabled clainet soloist Ivan Mozgovenko, a star on numerous recordings with Sviatoslav Richter and the Borodin Quartet, has died just short of his 99th birthday.

    A tank soldier who reached Berlin in April 1945, Mozgovenko avoided regular service in a leading orchestra, preferring to play solos on film tracks and to perform chamber music. He taught from 1951 at the Gnessin Academy but it took them 30 years to make him professor.

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    Default Stéphane Blet (9 March 1969 – 7 January 2022)




    The French pianist Stéphane Blet died on January 7 in a fall from an apartment balcony in Geneva.

    Blet, 52, made two well-regarded recordings for Philips and composed 300 works that were performed by Cyprien Katsaris, Idil Biret and others. He was a cherished student of the American pianist Byron Janis.

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    Default John Moriarty, passed away at 91





    John Moriarty, died on January 5 aged 91.


    The conductor and stage director John Moriarty, head of Central City Opera for two decades, died on January 5 aged 91.

    He also worked at Santa Fe, Colorado, Wolf Trap, St Louis and Boston, coaching three generations of singers and making several notable recordings. His signature opera was Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe.

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    Default Maria Ewing passed away at 71








    The death has been confirmed in Detroit of the extraordinary opera singer Maria Ewing, former wife of the British stage director Sir Peter Hall and a magnetic talent during her own short career.

    Maria was 71. No cause of death has been given.

    The Detroit child of a Native American father and Dutch mother, Maria was spotted and nurtured at the Met by James Levine. In 1978 she met Hall at Glyndebourne and married him four years later. For the rest of that decade the couple worked together in productions of Carmen, Salome, Figaro and other operas at the Met, Covent Garden, Los Angeles and elsewhere. The marriage ended in 1990 and Ewing’s appearances grew scarcer. They are survived by a daughter, Rebecca Hall, whose recent film Passing told the story of women of mixed-race who passed as white.

    Ewing stood out on stage for a lithe athleticism and a dramatic technique that she owed to Hall, the greatest Shakespeare director of his time. A mezzo at first, she moved up to full soprano. Her voice, never powerful nor stunningly beautiful, had a slightly detached quality. She was at once there, and not there. Record labels, attuned to pure vocal delivery, withheld commercial approval. She came to resent being treated as less of a star than some contemporaries. She could be, what they called, ‘difficult’.

    Her temperament was fiery and her fallings-out frequent. Although she sang 96 times at the Met between 1976 and 1997, she absented herself for six of those years after a breach with her mentor Levine. At Covent Garden people walked around her on eggshells. In Salome, she defied her director Hall by ripping off a G-string and dancing the last of the seven veils completely nude. Years later, she told BBC’s Desert Island Discs that a G-string was obscene. ‘Naked is natural,’ she declared.

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    Default Francis Jackson passed away at 10




    The formidable Francis Jackson, organist of York Minster for 36 years, died peacefully yesterday at the age of 104.

    He composed more than 150 works, mostly for organ and choir. It is estimated that he gave more than 2,000 organ recitals.

    He was also the teacher of the James Bond composer John Barry.

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    Default Herman Rechberger passed away at 74




    The prolific composer Herman Rechberger was born in Linz, Austria, took Finnish citizenship in 1970 and died yesterday in Greece of an unknown cause.

    His last completed work is titled ‘In the Garden of Death’. It is dedicated to all victims of Covid 19, but also to the people who have survived this plague of our time.’

    Rechberger wrote five operas, three symphonies and innumerable works for the recorder.

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    Default Nina Lelchuk, passed away at 86





    Former students are reporting the death of the distinguished pianist Nina Lelchuk, an emigré artist who performed many times at Carnegie Hall. The cause of death was Covid.

    Lelchuk, who settled in the US in 1979, taught at Queen College, CUNY. In Moscow, she had been an assistant to her teacher Jakov Flier, at the Conservatoire where her pupils included Michael Rudy, Victoria Postnikova, Michael Faerman, Maxim Shostakovich and Mark Zeltser.

    Alexei Tartakovsky writes: Just learned that Nina Lelchuk, my former teacher, died today of coronavirus. It is difficult to overstate, but she was the single greatest influence on my formation as a person and musician. Although I last played for her years ago, to this day, every time I sit down to practice, I think “what would Nina say?” A complex and often difficult person, she was in any case a rare and absolutely titanic personality who left an unforgettable impression on anybody who knew her. She was one of the last vestiges of the Golden Age of pianism, a consummate and unparalleled professional, an inimitable musician, a tireless storyteller, and a tremendous teacher. Even at 85 years old, her boundless energy made it seem a sure thing that she would live forever and forever be the emotional anchor in the lives of all her longtime students, no matter how long ago we last played for her. After all, when I last sat down with her over a bottle of vodka at the end of December, she seemed hardly changed from when I first came to know her almost 18 years ago. As devastating as this news is, I know that I, along with my proverbial musical brothers and sisters, am fortunate to have known her and to have absorbed her knowledge and unique care.

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    Default Carlo Meliciani (27 January 1929 – 6 January 2022)





    The resplendent Carlo Meliciani commanded major baritone roles at La Scala from 1959 to 1980.

    He also recorded the role of Don Carlo in Verdi’s Ernani in 1969 with Plácido Domingo in the title role.

    Away from Italy he sang in Barcelona, Athens, Philadelphia and Connecticut. As a teacher he numbered Luca Salsi among his pupils.

    He died last week in Empoli

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    Default John Moriarty Passed away at 91







    Central City Opera's Artistic Director Emeritus John Moriarty died in his home located in Fall River, Mass at the age of 91. ... Outside of his work at the Central City Opera, Moriarty's first professional opera position was with Santa Fe Opera, where he also founded an artist training program
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    Default Christian Gasc passed away at 76







    Opéra de Marseille has led the tributes to Christian Gasc, who has been found dead at home in wretched circumstances.

    The Marseille Opera has sadly learned about the passing of the costume designer CHRISTIAN GASC. Elegance and passion characterized him as much as his immense talent and kindness. Many times winner of Moliere and Cesar awards, he put his talent in the service of cinema, theatre and opera. The Costume Workshop and the public of the Marseille Opera will remember the creation of the costumes of “Marius et Fanny” with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, as well as the production of “Andre Chénier” staged by Claire Servais. The entire staff express their sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.

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    Angelo Gilardino (1941-2022)

    Angelo Gilardino, one of the most important guitar composers of the last half century, has died at the age of 80. His unique style combines the old and new, folk art and contemporary music, from Mozart to Messiaen. His works are illuminated by a warm and mediterranean glow, a feeling of humanity and love for life. His best known works include the famous and formidable Studi di virtuosità e di trascendenza which are one of the most significant contributions to the guitar repertoire in the 20th century. Gilardino composed his first concerto for guitar and orchestra in 1996, sealing his reputation as an accomplished orchestral composer with an additional 16 concertos thereafter. During the 2000s, Gilardino returned to writing for the solo guitar, skilfully bridging the divide between atonal chromatic and diatonic modal music.


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    Default Gianni Maffeo Passed away at 83






    The Italian baritone Gianni Maffeo, a frequent partner of Pavarotti and Freni, has died just short of his 83rd birthday. He was born in Vigevano on March 30, 1939.

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    Default Antonio Blancas passed away at 83




    The Spanish baritone Antonio Blancas, a partner of Domingo and Carreras, has died in Valencia .
    He was born in Madrid on March 13

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