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In Memoriam: Classical Musicians Who Died in 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 12:00 AM
The year 2013 saw the passing of conductors and composers, directors and singers, among others who contributed to classical music. Scroll through the slideshow, and click on the individual photos for a full obituary.
And Four Others...
Risë Stevens: Mezzo-soprano opera star Risë Stevens, who sang with the Metropolitan Opera for more than 20 years spanning the 1940s and 1950s, died on March 20 at age 99. Stevens made a name for herself in Hollywood, appearing in Bing Crosby's film "Going My Way" (1944), in which she sang the Habañera from Carmen. This led to her first actual stage performance as Carmen at the Met, in 1945. Her saucy approach to the role allowed her to sing it there some 75 times. She debuted at Milan's La Scala in 1954.
Lloyd Moss, a WQXR host of five decades known for his gentle irreverence and genial wit, died on on August 3 at age 86. Moss came to WQXR in 1954 and by his retirement on Sept. 29, 2006, was one of the longest-serving classical music hosts in the United States. Like many radio personalities of the era, he worked as a voiceover artist and actor, with various credits in television and radio during the 1970s and '80s. Moss was also known for his eclectic outside pursuits: as a children's author, editorial cartoonist, classically-trained trombonist and even a one-time model.
Lotfi Mansouri, a former general director of the San Francisco Opera for 13 years died on August 28. He was 84. Mansouri took over at the San Francisco Opera in 1988 and was responsible for ambitious productions including Jake Heggie's maiden opera, "Dead Man Walking." He also oversaw the first San Francisco productions of many Russian opera masterpieces.
Lou Reed, the punk pioneer who also collaborated with Robert Wilson and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and influenced composers including David Lang and John Zorn, died on October 27 at age 71.
Updated 12/26, 8 pm