It was with great sadness that Glyndebourne learnt of the death of Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek on 31 May 2017.
Glyndebourne’s Executive Chairman Gus Christie, said: ‘Jiří was a consummate musician and conductor, loved and respected by orchestras, singers and all the staff here at Glyndebourne. He was absolutely the right conductor for our first ever Wagner opera – Tristan und Isolde in 2003 – the care and meticulous preparation he did with singers and players made it one of the most memorable productions on the Glyndebourne stage. His interpretations of Janáček and Dvořák were equally fabulous. Our sincere condolences to his family.’
Steven Naylor, Glyndebourne’s Director of Artistic Administration, said: ‘Jiří’s warmth, humanity and scrupulous dedication to music making of the highest level touched all who worked with him at Glyndebourne. His inspiration and passion were reflected in his conducting of searing performances of Jenůfa (2000), in the richness of his interpretation of Rusalka (2009) and the intoxicatingly passionate and beautiful performances of Tristan und Isolde that he gave in 2003 and 2007.’