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24 March 2015

Contralto Maria Radner and Bass-Baritone Oleg Bryjak Killed in Germanwings Flight Crash in French Alps


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Maria Radner, Oleg Bryjak 

Two opera singers were among the 150 people killed in a Germanwings flight that crashed on Tuesday in the southern Alps en route to Düsseldorf. German contralto Maria Radner, 34, and Kazakhstan-born bass-baritone Oleg Bryjak, 54, had just finished a run of Siegfried at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona the night before the flight. Radner sang the role of Erda; Bryjak performed Alberich.

Following news of the crash, the Teatre del Liceu observed a two-minute silence at noon on Wednesday in remembrance of the two singers.

Radner, who was born in Düsseldorf, made her Met debut as the First Norn in Götterdämmerung in 2012. She also sang in performances at the Geneva Opera, La Scala and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, among other companies, and was scheduled to make her Bayreuth debut in August. Radner's husband and her child were also on the plane. 

Bryjak, who had a career repertory of more than thirty roles, was Alberich in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ring from 2003 through 2005. He had been an ensemble member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf since 1996-97 and also sang as a guest in Paris, Vienna, London, Berlin, Munich, Zurich and Los Angeles, among many other theaters. Bryjak sang the role of Alberich in Bayreuth Festival performances of Rheingold, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung last season, and was scheduled to return to the festival this summer. 

French officials have recovered the cockpit voice recorder of the Airbus A320, though they have not released any information regarding the circumstances that led to the plane's rapid descent. spacer 

More information can be found at The Guardian, the New York Timesthe International Business Times and CNN.

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