Death of Pavarotti’s sidekick, 86

Death of Pavarotti’s sidekick, 86


norman lebrecht

June 30, 2019

We are saddened by the passing of the bass singer Spiro Malas, who died in New York last weekend.

Spiro, a stalwart of NY City Opera and the Met, was taken by Richard Bonygne and Joan Sutherland on the same Australia tour as Luciano Pavarotti. The four remained close friends, including Spiro’s wife, the City Opera mazzo Marlena Kleinman, in their party.

Marlena Malas went on to become a distinguished voice teacher; she is presently recovering from cancer.




  • Amo l'opera says:

    Wonderful to hear their voices again.

  • Philip Kraus says:

    What a TERRIBLE headline for this story. It appears Spiro Malas’ own name and reputation are secondary to being Pavoratti’s sidekick.A gross dishonor to a great singer.

  • johnny says:

    Another one gone; a splendid singer with heaps of personality well on display here (with Monica Sinclair) – jump to 17:00 for a quickie.

  • Alex says:

    He was 86.