Death of a leading South African bass-baritone, 51

We have been notified belatedly of the death of George Stevens, one of South Africa’s most successful singers on the international opera stage.

George, who was acting director of the Opera School at the University of Cape Town, died there after undergoing surgery.

He was principal baritone at Staatstheater Bremen in Germany from 1998 to 2006, winning the Kurt-Hübner Prize for ‘most convincing singer and actor with extraordinary stage presence’.

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  • He was a genuine and unique soul, who brought happiness, humour and artistry into the lives of many, on and off the stage. He was a loyal friend and colleague, and will be very sorely missed by many, including myself. God bless George xxx

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