Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner, RIP

Bass-baritone Oleg Bryjak and contralto Maria Radner died in today's GermanWings plane wreck in France. The two had just sung Alberich and Erda, respectively, in the Gran Teatro Liceu's Siegfried production, according to tweets sent by the opera house.

Update, Wednesday: The NY Times follow-up on the crash contains the following:
The baritone sang at the prestigious Bayreuth Festival last year and was expected to perform there again in August. 
Ms. Radner, a rising star of Wagnerian opera, made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in “Götterdämmerung” in January 2012, and at La Scala in Milan in “Die Frau Ohne Schatten” in March 2012. She had been expected to perform at Bayreuth this summer in “Das Rheingold” and “Götterdämmerung,” according to a biography on her management company’s website. 

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