Violist Vince Lionti was a member of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra from 1987.
His death has been reported online by devastated colleagues.
He would have been 61 this week.
Metropolitan Opera Musicians say:
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of our own. MET Orchestra Musician Vincent Lionti passed away due to complications related to Covid-19. ‘Vinnie’ joined the viola section of the MET Orchestra in 1987 and enjoyed a diverse career as a conductor, educator, and program director as well. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Read Vinnie’s full bio here: http://www.metorchestramusicians.org/vincent-lionti