Epic baritone dies, aged 98main
The death is reported of Tomislav Neralić, a Croatian bass-baritone with an international career.
Recruited by the Vienna Opera in 1943, he sang there for four years before returning to Zagreb to develop his Wagner and Verdi roles with the conductor Lovro von Matacic.
Flying Dutchman was his signature role. he sang it 123 times, including epic performances at Berlin and La Scala. He was much in demand as Hans Sachs and Falstaff.
He often shared a stage with Birgit Nilsson.