Sad death of US opera director, aged 56

Sandra Bernhard, who worked at Houston Grand Opera for many years, has died in a Houston hospice. Sandra guest directed around the country and headed the opera program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, as well as teaching at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Photo: Alberto Demestres

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  • Sandy was a gem, in every sense of that word: a rare individual capable of enhancing the performance of those with whom she worked, a bright and loving individual, and a person whose storytelling, in any genre, took the audience inside the narrative, enriching their experience.

    I will miss our dinners and her gift for friendship.

    We’ve lost one of the great reasons American opera artistry thrives.

    • All of us at HGO feel the loss of Sandy very keenly, as do her friends and colleagues across the country. I do want to correct the record however; Sandy was at HGO for eight years, not 20 as stated in this piece. She was previously with San Francisco Opera for nearly 20 years.

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