The death is reported of the US baritone Robert Orth, a committed singer of new operas by American composers.
Aside from Nixon in China, his most prominent title role, Orth created the title role of Harvey Milk and sang in the world premieres of Dead Man Walking, Brief Encounter and The Grapes of Wrath.
The composer Ricky Ian Goardon writes: ‘God bless Bob. He was the meaning of a good person, warm, kind, generous…one hundred percent loving and supportive. Talented. Imaginative. Funny. Mischievous. Everything.’
Daron Hagen: ‘Godspeed, dear, dear brother of so many years, Robert Orth. Heartbroken, I shall miss you so.’
This is Robert’s self-description:
ROBERT ORTH is the best baritone in his price range. A man of average looks and more than adequate vocal skills, he has somehow made the difficult climb from Chicago Opera Theater (his first operatic engagement) to Opera Grand Rapids (his most recent). It has often been said of him, “He has clawed his way to the middle.” A high baritone, he has been referred to as “half man, half tenor.”
According to his website, he sang Candide in Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this month.