Opera great Lord Harewood dies

Opera North founder and former English National Opera chairman Lord Harewood has died, aged 88.

George Lascelles, the 7th Earl of Harewood, also served as the editor of Opera magazine, as well as music director of ENO.

Paying tribute to him, Opera North general director Richard Mantle said: “A man of many passions, George Harewood devoted his life in the pursuit of music and opera, and, more than anyone else, certainly in the UK and probably in the world, he brought about a renaissance of opera as we know it today.

“Lord Harewood’s enormous contribution to opera in this country centred around his directorship of English National Opera, which he created out of Sadler’s Wells Opera, installing the new company in its present home in the London Coliseum.

“His personal enthusiasm that opera should be readily accessible resulted in the creation in 1978 of English National Opera North based in Leeds, and two years later his vision was complete – the foundation of Opera North as a truly national company and the only one to be based in England outside London.”

Harewood died on July 11 at his home near Leeds.

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