Croatian Conductor Nikša Bareza Has Died, Aged 86

Photograph Credit score: Wolfgang Schmidt


Distinguished Croatian conductor Nikša Bareza can be remembered for his lengthy and storied profession throughout the opera homes of Europe, concluding with a stint because the director of the Chemnitz Opera.

Previous to taking over his publish in Chemnitz, Bareza lead the Zürich Opera Home and held the place of Chief Conductor of the Graz Philharmonic. He additionally labored at La Scala and the Hamburg Opera, and spent 18 years on the helm of the Croatian Radio and Tv Orchestra.

In addition to programming frequently-performed operas, Bareza launched many lesser-known works into the repertoire at Chemnitz, together with Mascagni’s Iris and Puccini’s The Woman of the Golden West. He was additionally a champion of latest music, including extra works from the 20th and twenty-first centuries, and he had a particular love of Croatian music.

Bareza was additionally the winner of the 2010 Saxon Mozart Prize for his excellent contribution to musical tradition in Saxony.

His remaining efficiency got here final October when he led a live performance celebrating the centenary of the Graz Academy of Music.

Our condolences to Mr. Bareza’s household, associates, and colleagues.


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