Singers mourn US voice coach at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Singers mourn US voice coach at Deutsche Oper Berlin


norman lebrecht

November 01, 2018

We have received sad news of the death of John Dawson, a much appreciated colleague at Deutsche Oper Berlin.





  • Eleanor Lyons says:

    I’ll miss John so much. I left every session with him with so many new ideas, a barrel of laughs and always feeling positive ( that doesn’t always happen after every coaching!!!) bright memories

  • What sad news! Remember meeting John many years ago when we were both students at the University of Michigan. What a joyful, exuberant spirit he had! Was so happy to reconnect with him just recently after so many years. He brought so much joy, passion and generosity of spirit to so many! John, you touched lots of souls! Our friend Liszt would have said- you lived a “well-lived life.” Wonderful that we could share with each other even though it was much too brief! Rest in peace, my friend!

    • Dawn Dawson Larson says:

      Your kind words and thoughts mean so much to my brother, Phil and me! We’re still in shock and disbelief!

      • Dawn- Sending my sincere condolences to you and Phil and your families. So sorry for your great loss. John was unique and gave love and joy to so many. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Rest in peace my dearest friend. Your generous spirit, sense of humor and incredible insight into music and life will be missed by many. You will live on in all our hearts. Love you.

  • Nancy Gruett says:

    John was a dear friend for 50+ years. After meeting as students at U of MI, we 3 (husband, Mark) ended up at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. John was happy, kind, generous, honest and of course, exceptionally gifted. He leaves a big whole in so many hearts. We’re sad now, but the day will come when we think of John, and smile. Rest In Peace, dear one.

  • Francisco Julius says:

    I read here of John’s passing two months ago and strange to say we had not had contact in years anf I just started thinking of him. He was a lovely person. I was introduced to him by Friedelind Wagner. She called him and arranged through him to get me a Hospitant placement. She held him as a dear friend. I hope to talk to James Gaehres about him another wonderful person.

  • Ulrich Wünsch says:

    John, my friend, I just found out that you left forever. It saddens my heart to know that such a kind and gracious soul has gone. We knew each other 50 years and I was hoping for many more. Rest in peace and love, Ully

  • John Marsh says:

    OhMyGod! I didn’t know until just now! On the verge of retiring, building a music collection again and I am reminded of my great friend from back in the days at Michigan. So much music! Opera in the living room at Mary Ct, Philadelphia Orchestra at Hill Auditorium, The Planets on a summer night on Elizabeth St. Oh my, such wonderful memories!