Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sir Edward Downes Has Died

Although he performed with us before I was here, we here at San Diego are saddened by the news that Sir Edward Downes and his wife have ended their lives at the Dignitas clinic in Zurich.

Sir Edward conducted our production of Fidelio in 1989 and those that were here at the time remember it as a very memorable production. He also worked with our General and Artistic Director, Ian Campbell when he was a singer, and Sir Edward was Music Director of The Australian Opera.
The 85-year-old maestro had become virtually blind and had lost some of his hearing, while his 74-year-old wife had been suffering from cancer his children revealed.

A dignified end to a special and quite amazing life.

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