OPERA COMMUNITY SADDENED AT THE PASSING OF STUART HAMILTON
Jan 03, 2017
By Michael Kramer
The opera community is mourning the death of Stuart Hamilton – the award winning radio broadcaster and pianist – who died in Toronto on New Years Day at age 87.
Hamilton was also one of Canada’s top vocal coaches – working with the likes of Maureen Forester, Lois Marshall – and The New Classical FM’s very own Jean Stillwell – who has fond memories of Hamilton – saying he was wonderful and outrageous – he loved opera and he made you love to sing.
Among his many honours and achievements, Hamilton was the first music director of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble.
He was also awarded the Order of Canada.
His sister, actress Patricia Hamilton, said Stuart was in palliative care before his death – after battling cancer for ten years.