Opera director Graham Vick dies following “complications from COVID”

Sir Graham Vick, the opera director, died following “complications caused by COVID-19”, the Birmingham Opera Company announced.

The company said in a Twitter statement that Graham, a knight in the 2021 New Year Honors, died on Saturday.

His work, according to its website, has been performed in cities around the world, including Milan, New York, St. Petersburg and Florence.

The statement states: “Today, on July 17, 2021, Sir Graham Vick, Artistic Director of the Birmingham Opera Company, announced that he had died of complications caused by Covid19.

“At this point, I would like to ask everyone to respect the privacy of his partner and loved ones.”

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Sir Graham Vick, opera director, November 27, 2009. (Anthony Devlin / PA)

According to the Birmingham Opera Company, Graham’s career began in Scotland and set up a small tour company to carry operas to the highlands and remote areas of the Scottish islands.

In 1987 he founded the Birmingham Opera Company.

His work by Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff opened in 1999 at the newly renovated Royal Opera House.

The Arts Council England paid tribute to Graham.

The public institution wrote on Twitter as follows. “We would like to express our deepest condolences to Sir Graham Vic’s family, friends and colleagues.

“Since he founded @BirminghamOpera about 34 years ago, he has left an indelible mark on the opera community, the city of Birmingham, and the wider cultural sector.”

The English National Opera added: “Everyone at ENO is deeply saddened by the news of the death of legendary opera director Graham Vick.

“I was very happy to work with him at many groundbreaking ENO productions, including Madame Butterfly, Fidelio and Timon’s world premiere in Athens.”

Tom Houghton

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