The Met mourns its artistic chiefmain
Robert Rattray, the Metropolitan Opera’s Assistant General Manager, Artistic, and the man in charge of casting and talent, died this afternoon in hospital in New York after suffering a stroke on Sunday.
He was 67.
He is survived by his parents.
pictured (rear) with Martin Campbell-White
Yannick Nézet-Séguin writes:
I am heartbroken.
My friend Robert Rattray, the MET’s Assistant General Manager and former Chief Executive at Askonas Holt, passed away this afternoon. He suffered a stroke on Sunday. Two days before, we had drinks here in New York, and we talked about music, life, singers, the MET, family, cats…Robert has been so important in my life, from my beginnings in Europe with Askonas Holt in 2004, and later here in New York. His support has been invaluable, and his genuine love of opera and singers truly inspiring.
The entire MET family is in a state of shock. We will all miss his kindness, humor, class, his incredible knowledge and above all his immense humanity.
Merci pour tout mon cher Robert. Au revoir.
Singers have responded with shock and dismay.
Tara Erraught writes:
Dearest Robert, your big smile, your positivity, bright eyes and above all, your massive heart, will be missed. You were a Giant of our industry and a true gentleman.
@MetOpera & @AskonasHolt are heavy hearted tonight along with every singer you ever met!
Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh. In alle Wipfeln spürest du Kaum einen Hauch RIP Robert Rattray, Germanist, witty impressario, supremely imaginative artists’ agent, lover of great art in all its forms, dear friend
So sad that one of the best and most caring people in my life passed away this evening. First as a manager and then as a caring boss at the
@MetOpera he was first and foremost a friend who cared about my well being and happiness as much as what roles to sing. Thank you Robert.
The loss of Robert Rattray has come as such a shock. Sending thoughts and prayers to everyone
@MetOpera as we morn the loss of such a great man. His spirit will live in the hearts of all that knew him. A very sad day for the music community.
Robert cared always most about the human in front of him and saw the truth and did his best for all of us. Eternal love.
Can’t believe that
#robertrattray passed away. His always positive attitude and honest, kind feedback will be missed.
Sarah Connolly: Darling Robert Rattray. An appalling loss and you should be here with us now. I owe you so much but I know you’d just shrug, grin and say, “ My pleasure”.