Berlin Opera mourns an American mainstay

Berlin Opera mourns an American mainstay


norman lebrecht

February 01, 2021

We hear from Deutsche Oper Berlin that Kevin McCutcheon has died of Covid after a prolonged stay in hospital. He was 66.

A member of the music staff from 1980 to 2018, Kevin was an allrounder who worked with singers as a repetiteur, conducted childrens’ opera and directed the Berlin Doctors Orchestra from 1986 on. He often stood in for conductors, memorably taking over a Tosca at the drop of a baton in March 2013 when music director Donald Runnicles was taken ill. As a newcomer in Berli, before joining the opera house, he covered Herbert von Karajan at Berlin Philharmonic rehearsals.



  • Nijinsky says:

    EXCUSE ME! This is horrible. And why does someone like “Leonardo DiCaprio” survive this sounding like he’s trying to collapse on himself, catching the remainder of his sentence before it comes afterwards and is over with; and we all have to play the kettle-drum-wakeup-rambunctous-taps for him.!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Or is he not American and has never conducted anything German!? Although offered the role, there he goes…

    And this is TRULY tragic. PLEASE spare me the Hollywood version!

  • Ionut says:

    A good man. May he rest in peace.

  • Carol says:

    Rest in peace dear Kev.