The Spanish conductor Jesús López Cobos, one of the most reliable maestros of recent times, died this morning in Berlin of cancer-related causes.
Jesús López Cobos was general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1981 to 1990 and music director of the Orquesta Nacional de España, 1984-88. From 1986 to 2000 he was music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and from 2003 until 2010 of the Teatro Real in Madrid.
He worked with many other orchestras in Spain and around the world. I remember him leading the LSO at the Salzburg Festival in the 1980s, working with precision and without ostentation to produce world class performances.
He conducted 92 times at the Vienna Opera, making his last appearance on January 8 this year and withdrawing recently for health reasons from April’s Aida.
He was the ultimate professional.
Rest his soul.