Johan Botha South African tenor star dies at 51

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="303"] Copyright Wilfried Beege[/caption] Tenor Johan Botha, whose light but muscular voice dazzled audiences at the world's top operatic stages in a wide range of roles, died Thursday in Vienna at the age of 51. He appeared on most of the world's top stages including La Scala, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, New York's Metropolitan Opera and the State Opera in Vienna, where he made his home in his nearly 30-year career. No details concerning his death was given by Elisabetta Hartl of Medea Music and Entertainment Group, which worked with Botha, but he had been suffering from cancer. The dynamic Botha shone in roles ranging from Florestan in Beethoven's "Fidelio" to main figures in works by Verdi, Wagner, and Richard Strauss. His voice was light but powerful, displaying a fluidity that at its best knew few constraints. He was also an accomplished concert singer, appearing with orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic and...

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