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Latest News: Classical, Obituary

 Obituary, Mady Mesplé (1931-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The French coloratura soprano, who excelled as Delibes's Lakmé and in operetta, has died aged 89.

 Obituary, Gabriel Bacquier (1924-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The French baritone, who excelled in his native repertoire and as Scarpia and Iago, has died aged 95.

 Obituary, Lynn Harrell (1944-2020)

by Chris O'Reilly

The American cellist, who won two Grammys for his piano trio recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Itzhak Perlman, has died aged 76.

 Obituary, Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020)

by Chris O'Reilly

The Polish composer, whose talent for creating uncanny sonorities inspired film-directors including Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese, has died aged 86.

 Obituary, Hamish Milne (1939-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The British pianist, who was particularly associated with the music of Nikolai Medtner, has died aged 80.

 Obituary, Reinbert de Leeuw (1938-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The Dutch pianist, conductor and composer has died aged 81.

 Obituary, Nello Santi (1931-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The Italian opera conductor, who was one of the finest Verdi and Puccini interpreters of the twentieth century, has died aged 88.

 Obituary, Mirella Freni (1935-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The Italian soprano, who was widely recognised as one of the finest Verdi and Puccini singers of the twentieth century, has died aged 84.

 Obituary, Peter Serkin (1947-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The American pianist, who was as renowned for his work with contemporary composers as for his period-instrument performances of Mozart and Beethoven, has died aged 72.

 Obituary, Franz Mazura (1924-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The Austrian bass-baritone, who was especially renowned for his Wagner roles and made his final appearance in Die Meistersinger only last April, has died aged 95.

 Obituary, Barry Tuckwell (1931-2020)

by David Smith

The Australian horn player and conductor has died at the age of 88.

 Obituary, 2019 Goodbyes

by James Longstaffe

A short video tribute remembering some of the musicians who passed away during 2019.

 Obituary, Peter Schreier (1935-2019)

by Chris O'Reilly

The German lyric tenor and conductor, who was particularly acclaimed for his interpretations of Schubert lieder and the Bach Passions, has died aged 84.

 Obituary, Mariss Jansons (1943 - 2019)

by Chris O'Reilly

The Latvian conductor, who held posts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, has died aged 76 following a long struggle with a heart condition.

 Obituary, Sir Stephen Cleobury (1948-2019)

by Chris O'Reilly

The English organist and conductor, who was Director of Music at King’s College Cambridge for almost four decades, has died aged 70.

 Obituary, Rolando Panerai (1924-2019)

by Chris O'Reilly

The Italian baritone, who sang major roles on many of the greatest opera recordings of the mid-twentieth century, has died aged 95.

 Obituary, Raymond Leppard (1927-2019)

by Chris O'Reilly

The British conductor, harpsichordist and musicologist, who spearheaded the revival of Monteverdi’s and Cavalli’s operas in the 1960s and 70s, has died aged 92.

 Obituary, Marcello Giordani (1963-2019)

by Chris O'Reilly

The Italian spinto tenor, who was particularly famed for his Verdi and Puccini roles, has died aged 56.

 Obituary, Giya Alexandrovich Kancheli (1935-2019)

by David Smith

The Georgian composer, known for his film music, sweeping orchestral laments and finely-wrought instrumental miniatures, has died at the age of 84.

 Obituary, Jessye Norman (1945-2019)

by Chris O'Reilly

The magnificent American soprano, widely recognised as one of the great Strauss and Wagner singers of the late twentieth century, has died aged 74.

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