Opera pioneer Vick dies aged 67

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Graham Vick, the pioneering founder of the Birmingham Opera Company who brought new and traditional opera into often unconventional venues to reveal new audiences, has died from Covid complications at the age of 67.

He founded the Birmingham Opera Company in 1987 and was still its artistic director when he died on Saturday, July 17. He was knighted in the latest New Year honours list.

Vick, born on Merseyside, was a world leader in experimental and revisionist stagings of both traditional and modern operas, who worked for many other companies around the world. He made his debut with the Royal Opera House in 1989, and was director of productions at Glyndebourne Opera Festival from 1994 to 2000.

He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester before embarking on an illustrious career which saw him direct at major companies around the world, from La Scala, Milan, to the Metropolitan Opera in New York.


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