Monday, December 21, 2009

Au Revoir Mr. Lorenzo

Perry Lorzeno, Seattle Opera's Education Director, died this past weekend.

I met him but once or twice but enjoyed his pre-opera lectures and the more extended series at Seattle U. His insights into Wagner were especially enlightening for me.

Even more, here was a master teacher. A joy to learn from. Capable of gleefully making opera's hoary history come alive with relevance. A joy to learn "how to teach" (and how to learn) from.

His blog and appeal for internet prayers, a heartfelt blog by one of his former students, and his obituary from the Seattle Times.

Rest well, Mr. Lorzeno. You fought the good fight. Someone once said that that you don't die until no one on earth speaks your name . . .

Thank you . . .


Slomohusky said...

Thanks for letting me know RPD. I met him once and always enjoyed listening to him talk shop on KUOW and KING FM at times. Sad loss to Seattle area Music Community.

Puddle Thumper mentioned you were sick in her last posting. Hope you are okay?

rpd said...

Hey Slomo,

It sure is a loss. They've got some talented people in the SO Education Department but no one of Lorenzo's caliber. He will be hard to replace.

Cough, Cough, Hack, Hack, Sneeze! :-P