Virus toll: A death in Madrid

Virus toll: A death in Madrid


norman lebrecht

March 18, 2020

We are informed of the death of Jesus Velez, a popular tenor in the chorus of Orquesta Clasica Santa Cecilia in Madrid.

It appears other singers have been diagnosed since a performance of St Matthew’s Passion on March 5th.



  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Just one little, innocent question:

    Were these people smokers at all? Any of them?

    • Musicologist says:

      This sonata form seems to be tone deaf

    • Saxon Broken says:

      Some fit and healthy people with no underlying conditions will die and have died from the coronavirus. While much more likely to be serious for old people and those with underlying health conditions, younger people are not completely immune.

      The number of deaths in Italy and Spain suggest this is much more serious than a bad flu outbreak.

    • Una says:

      Go back in your box. People have lost loved ones. You could ask.the same question for cancer if they smoked or drank, or ate the right foods, but we do don’t.

  • Don Ciccio says:

    Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden,
    So scheide nicht von mir,
    Wenn ich den Tod soll leiden,
    So tritt du denn herfür!
    Wenn mir am allerbängsten
    Wird um das Herze sein,
    So reiß mich aus den Ängsten
    Kraft deiner Angst und Pein.