London’s voice doctor has died

We hear from Rosalind Plowright that Dr Ardeshir S Khambata FRCS, the Harley Street ear, nose and throat surgeon who was consultant to Covent Garden, English National Opera and the Royal College of Music, has died in Mumbai, India.

‘Eddie’, as he was known, was a close personal friend to many singers.



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  • Very sad news. A lovely man with an innate understanding of singers. Sympathetic, generous and gentle, his own deep musicality made him the most supportive and informed physician I’ve ever come across.

  • This is very sad news to hear. He was a very kind man, who served many of singers very well.

  • The singing world has lost a great, great man. There were so very many times that he helped us get our voices back to health. He will be missed.

  • Eddie saved my life as a young doctor in Portsmouth Royal Hospital 52 years ago and then helped me through my recovery. We stayed in touch ever since and I was fortunate enough to see him in Mumbai two years ago. A wonderfully gentle and caring man who I shall miss.

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