Death of a New York principal oboe, 60

Death of a New York principal oboe, 60


norman lebrecht

May 03, 2018

Richard Dallessio, who died on May 1, was associate principal oboe and English horn with New York City Ballet Orchestra.

He also played in the Met Opera orchestra and taught at Juilliard and Mannes.



  • Sue says:

    What’s with the woodwind players who are being felled at age 60? First there was Ernst Ottensamer of the VPO and since then I’ve noted about 4 or 5 others around the world on SD.

    • Jaime Herrera says:

      That’s one reason I’ve avoided studying and playing those instruments – but not the main reason.

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    I’m almost 60 and I play clarinet. Thank you for alerting me. I will buy my plot tomorrow.

  • Jerry says:

    Requiescat in pacem. I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Dallessio at the John Mack Oboe Camp years ago, when I was a know-nothing college student and he was already a somebody. In addition to his beautiful playing, he offered kind words of encouragement that I have always appreciated. My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

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  • HoppySkip says:

    RIP. A wonderful oboist, teacher and person.