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 Obituary, Anne Howells (1941-2022)

by Katherine Cooper

The British mezzo Anne Howells, a fine Octavian who also created roles in operas by Harrison Birtwistle and Mark-Anthony Turnage, has died aged 81.

 Obituary, Vangelis (1943-2022)

by David Smith

The eclectic musician and composer Vangelis, known particularly for his popular soundtracks from the 1980s and 1990s, has died.

 Obituary, Simon Preston (1938-2022)

by David Smith

The British organist, choirmaster and conductor has died at the age of 83.

 Obituary, Teresa Berganza (1933-2022)

by Katherine Cooper

The Spanish mezzo, who excelled as Rossini's three great comic heroines and redefined the role of Carmen, has died aged 89.

 Obituary, Harrison Birtwistle (1934-2022)

by David Smith

The radical English composer, famous particularly for his operas on mythological themes, has died aged 87.

 Obituary, Radu Lupu (1945-2022)

by Katherine Cooper

The Romanian pianist Radu Lupu, widely regarded as one of the most eloquent musicians of the late twentieth century, has died aged 76.

 Obituary, Nicholas Angelich (1970-2022)

by Katherine Cooper

The American pianist, who was particularly noted for his powerful interpretations of Brahms's solo piano works and chamber music, has died aged 51.

 Obituary, Jaakko Kuusisto (1974-2022)

by David Smith

The Finnish violinist, conductor, composer and politician has died at the age of 48.

 Obituary, Josephine Veasey (1930-2022)

by Katherine Cooper

The British dramatic mezzo, who excelled in Wagner and Berlioz, has died aged 91.

 Obituary, George Crumb (1929-2022)

by David Smith

The American composer, whose major works include Black Angels, Vox Balaenae and Ancient Voices of Children, has died aged 92.

 Obituary, Maria Ewing (1950-2022)

by Katherine Cooper

The American opera-singer, a riveting actress whose repertoire encompassed soprano and mezzo roles, has died aged 71.

 Obituary, Francis Jackson (1917-2022)

by David Smith

The British organist, choirmaster and composer, who wrote many pieces of well-loved church music as well as a biography of Edward Bairstow, has died aged 104.

 Obituary, 2021 Goodbyes

by Chris O'Reilly

A short video tribute remembering some of the musicians who died during 2021.

 Obituary, John Mitchinson (1932-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The versatile English tenor, who excelled as Gerontius and Tristan as well as in Czech repertoire, has died aged 89.

 Obituary, Pamela Helen Stephen (1965-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The British mezzo Pamela Helen Stephen, who recorded extensively for Chandos, has died aged 57.

 Obituary, Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)

by David Smith

The American lyricist and composer, widely credited with inspiring a renaissance in musical theatre and responsible for shows such as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Into the Woods, has died aged 91.

 Obituary, Joan Carlyle (1931-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The British soprano, who sang the role of Jenifer on the Philips recording of Tippett's The Midsummer Marriage and was a much-loved house singer at Covent Garden for two decades, has died aged 90.

 Obituary, Nelson Freire (1944-2021)

by Chris O'Reilly

The great Brazilian pianist, who was especially acclaimed for his interpretations of Chopin and Brahms as well as for his duo performances with his close friend Martha Argerich, has died aged 77.

 Obituary, Bernard Haitink (1929-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The great Dutch conductor, widely loved for his kindness and humility as well as his revelatory interpretations of Wagner, Bruckner and Mahler, has died at home in London aged 92.

 Obituary, Edita Gruberov√° (1946-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The Slovak-born coloratura soprano, who excelled as Strauss's Zerbinetta and Mozart's Queen of the Night, has died aged 74.