As I've mentioned before, last year marked the opening of Toronto's new opera house, a world class venue with acoustics that are sublime. This herculean feat was accomplished through the hard work of scores of people but was most especially due to the tireless efforts of General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, visionary, and conductor extraordinaire Richard Bradshaw.
On Wednesday, Mr. Bradshaw passed away suddenly at the age of 63 from a heart attack. He was at the airport in the process of returning home from vacation. He leaves behind his wife, two children and a legacy for the ages.
I have no doubt that this will be a difficult season for the brilliant orchestra but know they will honour his memory and help us to make new ones.
My condolences go to Mr. Bradshaw's family and to the many others who have benefited and will continue to benefit from his vision.
The Flower Duet (mp3)