In Memoriam

SFCV remembers major figures in classical music from the Bay Area and beyond.

April 2, 2014

The Bay Area's musical community is mourning the passing of San Francisco Opera's beloved veteran Italian language coach Elena Servi Burgess, known as Elena to all.

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January 20, 2014

The remarkable Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, who led some of the world's most revered musical institutions, died at his home in Bolgna, Italy on Jan. 20.

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1933-2014" »
November 23, 2013

Conrad Susa died at age 78, he was a distinguished educator and prolific composer with hundreds of works to his credit.

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(1935-2013)" »
August 30, 2013

Lotfi Mansouri, stage director and company executive with a varied and significant role in contemporary opera, died Friday after a long bout with cancer. He was 84.

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March 1, 2013

After the passing of William Bennett (1956-2013), prinicpal oboist of the San Francisco Symphony, a remembrance.

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February 23, 2013

Mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao, 46, whose nationally publicized fight against cancer was as inspiring as her vibrant singing, has died.

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December 13, 2012

Ravi Shankar, loved and admired in the West and around the world as a vessel of Indian music and spirituality, passed away on Dec. 11 near his home in San Diego County at the age of 92.

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December 6, 2012

After more than six decades of generously sharing his unique performing and compositional talent, and a bright and ingenuous spirit, Dave Brubeck passed away on Dec. 5, a day shy of his 92nd birthday.

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December 6, 2012

Reah Sadowsky, a pianist once hailed as a San Francisco Wunderkind alongside Isaac Stern, Ruggiero Ricci, and Yehudi Menuhin, who then carved out a uniquely distributed career, died in her Berkeley home at the age of 96.

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November 6, 2012

The iconic American composer Elliott Carter died in New York on Nov. 5, 2012. He was just weeks away from his 104th birthday, but active and productive until his last day.

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