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John Calder

Death of John Calder

Posted 9 Sep 2018

John Calder died on 13th August at the age of 91. Most of the obituaries refer to his remarkable career as a publisher, to his campaigns for freedom of expression and to his support for writers and the book trade. but to the team behind OperaScotland, he will be remembered as one of three or four people who most inspired our interest in opera.

Calder's Festival at Ledlanet in Kinross-shire, which lasted for over ten years, demands to be remembered for the variety of productions performed over the years. Notably he promoted the operas of Handel long before they became part of the mainstream repertoire.

Amongst the operas performed at Ledlanet Nights were Handel's Agrippina, Partenope and Alcina, Britten's Turn of the Screw, Mozart's Il Re Pastore Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito. Also included were Gluck's Alceste and Una Cosa Rara by Martin y Soler.

Opera for All appeared too with their touring productions, and many singers remember Ledlanet with affection.

Check out our interview with John Calder here.

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