Richard Bradshaw, general director of the Canadian Opera Company, died on Wednesday 15 August 2007, aged 63. Bradshaw, also a conductor of international repute, was one of Canada's most outspoken and fearless advocates for the arts, and fought tirelessly for the recognition of opera as a living art form.
He organised the building of a new opera house for COC, and his programming included Bluebeard's Castle, Erwartung, Jenufa and Salomé.
'In our sorrow, we pay tribute to the inspiration and leadership he played in the cultural landscape of his adopted country,' said David Ferguson, President of the COC Board. 'We are grieving and we will miss him terribly.'
Bradshaw, born in Britain in 1944, worked with Boult, Groves and Pritchard, and has conducted at Glyndebourne, San Francisco Opera and Santa Fe Opera, as well as in the Far East, Germany and Holland.
Posted: 19 August 2007
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