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Death of a much-loved bass-baritone, 68

October 1, 2017 by norman lebrecht

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Basia Jaworski informs us of the death of Pieter Vis, a prolific concert singer and larger-than-life personality on the Dutch music scene. Pieter suffered a cerebral haemorrhage on Friday.

Starting out as a boy soprano, he became a prolific broadcaster, writer and musicologist. He occupied a debating space on Facebook as Piotr Ryba, the Russian translation of his name.

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Comments (4)

  1. Alex Davies says:

    Piotr Ryba is Polish: “Peter Fish”. Also, surely Jaworska for a woman: Jaworski is the masculine form.

    1. Alex Davies says:

      PS. The Russian is unsurprisingly similar, but I don’t think it would be transliterated the same. I’m sure this is supposed to be Polish.

  2. Rolf says:

    Yes, flamboyant figure. Promoter of young talent, also. Sad.

  3. Thea Derks says:

    His pen name was Pyoter Riba, which is not quite correct Russian, either 🙂
    Anyway, for those who can’t read Dutch, here’s an English version of my obituary: http://operalounge.de/history/he-could-not-give-up-singing


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