Opera chief dies of cancer, at 49main
Intendant Johannes Reitmeier and the theatre and symphony orchestra of the Austrian Tyrol have announced with great sadness the death of their opera director, Roger E. Boggasch, a few days before his 50th birthday.
Boggasch, a Berliner, started out as a conductor, becoming Generalmusikdirektor in Lower Bavaria. But in 2001 he gave up the baton to apply himself to directing opera, musicals and stage plays, winning his post in the Tyrol in 2012. He also composed musicals and appeared on stage in a comedy act as a hapless pianist. He will be sorely missed.