Caramoor joins the musical world in mourning the loss of Andrew Porter, whose work as a critic, translator, librettist, teacher, and scholar enriched musical life for more than six decades. Best known locally for his twenty years as music critic of The New Yorker (1972-1992), he was also a treasured member of the Caramoor opera family, speaking to our public about Otello in 2001, Norma in 2010, and Don Carlos in 2013. On that last occasion he also presented a lecture-recital with the Bel Canto Young Artists consisting of music he had himself discovered in the Paris Opera archives in the 1960s. Some of that music has since been heard in performances of the opera around the world; other passages, beautiful fragments that Verdi deleted before completing them, were heard in public for the first time at Caramoor, in arrangements Mr. Porter prepared for that event. His advice, enthusiasm, and keen critical thinking will be greatly missed.
– Will Crutchfield, Director of Opera, on behalf of Caramoor’s Board of Trustees and Staff.
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