Berlin Opera mourns an American mainstaymain
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.