American composer George Crumb remembered
The music of George Crumb (1929-2022) is rightly described as profoundly humanistic. I encountered it first at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music...
Nelson Freire remembered
For someone who made his living by playing the piano in public, Nelson Freire was extraordinarily shy and self-effacing, softly spoken and reticent when...
Remembering Dmitri Bashkirov: a structure-obsessed musical surgeon
Dmitri Bashkirov, the Georgian-born Russian pianist who died on 7 March at age 89, combined a fierce teaching method with an achingly emotional performance...
Remembering Chinese pianist Fou Ts’ong: a mesmeric artist with a unique gift for conveying Chopin’s greatness
With the death of Fou Ts’ong the world has lost an artist of a rare and distinctive eloquence. The first Chinese pianist to achieve...
Remembering Ukrainian composer Nikolai Kapustin
Nikolai Kapustin, the Ukrainian pianist and composer who died in July aged 82, was cherished for his richly characterful piano works that exuded a...
American pianist Leon Fleisher dies aged 92
Report by Benjamin Ivry
Leon Fleisher (1928-2020) belonged to a rollicking generation of American keyboard heroes,Read More
Remembering Mady Meslpé – French opera’s leading lady
Opera Now was sad to learn of the death of Mady Mesplé, the French coloratura soprano who won renown for the extraordinary precision and...
Organist Jennifer Bate has died
British concert organist Jennifer Bate died of cancer on 25 March.
Bate was taught the organ by her father,Read More
Remembering Harry Kupfer: a towering figure in opera directing
Harry Kupfer, one of the most prominent figures in European opera directing in the postwar era, died on 30 December 2019 aged 84
Horn virtuoso Barry Tuckwell dies aged 88
By Martin Cullingford, Gramophone
Barry Tuckwell, one of the most admired and successful of 20th-century horn players,Read More
Remembering the good doctor Miller
By Tom Sutcliffe
I got to know Jonathan Miller partly because I was wasn’t all that nice about some of his work as an opera...
Marcello Giordani – In Memoriam
Marcello Giordani, the Sicilian tenor, died prematurely on 5 October at the age of 56. At different times in his career,Read More
Márta Kurtág dies aged 92
The Hungarian pianist and teacher Márta Kurtág, wife of the composer György Kurtág, has died aged 92
Born in 1927 at Esztergom in northern Hungary,
Jessye Norman: a tribute
Globally celebrated US opera singer Jessye Norman died on 30 September at the age of 74
The soprano was in the vanguard of black singers...
Flautist Hansgeorg Schmeiser dies aged 63
On 22 July 2019 eminent flautist Professor Hansgeorg Schmeiser died unexpectedly of a heart attack at just 63 years old.Read More
Joseph Flummerfelt dies at 82
Joseph Flummerfelt, choral conductor and founder of Spoleto Festival USA, has died aged 82.
Flummerfelt helped to establish Spoleto Festival and retired from his post...