Covid: Pioneering opera director Sir Graham Vick dies

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image captionSir Graham Vick died connected Saturday pursuing complications with Covid-19

Renowned opera manager Sir Graham Vick has died "of complications arising from Covid-19", it has been announced.

Sir Graham, who was calved successful Birkenhead connected Merseyside, founded the Birmingham Opera Company successful 1987 and worked with large venues, including Milan's La Scala and London's Royal Opera House.

In a statement, the opera institution said it was "devastated".

We are devastated to denote that contiguous 17 July 2021 Sir Graham Vick, Artistic Director, Birmingham Opera Company died of complications arising from Covid 19. We would inquire each to respect the privateness of his spouse and loved ones astatine this time. pic.twitter.com/lP6c8l6D3g

— Birmingham Opera Co (@BirminghamOpera) July 17, 2021

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Sir Graham started his vocation with Scottish Opera, wherever helium founded a touring institution to instrumentality productions to distant communities.

His enactment with the Birmingham Opera Company saw him make innovative performances that aimed to bespeak the city.

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With nary fixed venue, helium crafted performances that took spot successful antithetic locations, specified arsenic craft hangars, nightclubs and powerfulness stations.

The institution has won galore awards and was astir precocious fixed golden astatine the International Opera Awards successful May for its acquisition and outreach programme.

Paying tribute to him connected Twitter, Scottish Opera said helium near "a bequest of galore important planetary productions", portion English National Opera called him "legendary".

We are profoundly saddened by the decease of Sir Graham Vick. He was our Director of Productions from 1984 earlier founding Birmingham Opera Company. Graham had a renowned planetary vocation and leaves a bequest of galore important planetary productions. pic.twitter.com/T9rW8zKp0U

— Scottish Opera (@ScottishOpera) July 17, 2021

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Everyone astatine the ENO is profoundly saddened to perceive the quality of the decease of Sir Graham Vick, the legendary opera director. It was our large pleasance to enactment with him connected a fig of landmark ENO productions including Madam Butterfly, Fidelio and the satellite premiere of Timon of Athens. pic.twitter.com/p7nmYeFNgG

— English National Opera (@E_N_O) July 17, 2021

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Speechless astatine the quality that opera leader and genius Graham Vick CBE has died. We are truthful arrogant to person presented him RPS Honorary Membership successful 2016 for his enactment putting communities astatine the bosom of sensational opera. We indispensable each strive to travel his illustration and proceed his mission. pic.twitter.com/S7KSVDKAXV

— Royal Philharmonic Society (@RoyalPhilSoc) July 17, 2021

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