Broadway and opera baritone dies of cancer at 34

Broadway and opera baritone dies of cancer at 34


norman lebrecht

December 03, 2022

The baritone Quentin Oliver Lee died yesterday of colonic cancer.

Best known as Phantom of the Opera, he started out as a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and continued to pursue opera roles throughout his short career.

His website lists five Verdi and Mozart roles that he was preparing at the time of his premature death.





  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    How absolutely ghastly!! Very sad.

  • Alma Regina says:

    I did not know him but I’m so sorry to hear! Cancer can be such a cruel disease if discovered to late! RIP

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      Some cancers are so aggressive that it doesn’t matter when they’re discovered; the outcome will be the same.

  • Nick2 says:

    How desperately sad! It seems that while total rates of colo-rectal cancer are generally reducing, they are actually increasing in younger generations. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

    • Gus says:

      Dame Deborah James died from this same cancer at 40 years, so any signs or symptoms should not be dismissed but investigated, whatever your age.

  • Joe P says:

    Oh, that’s terrible – I worked with Quentin on a few projects – a really lovely guy……

  • Harpist says:

    Another great person dying of that disease. And very early/young too! I did my first colonoscopy with 35 for that reason. But I work in a cancer hospital and see those patients all the time which made me do it.