It is with the deepest of sadness that BYSO acknowledges the sudden passing of Ed Berkeley, our beloved opera Stage Director. On July 19 Ed died just before the opening of a production of “The Magic Flute” that he staged at the Aspen Music Festival.
“Ed has been a crucial partner in our opera program at BYSO for nearly a decade. He was the most generous and supportive of colleagues. His productions of the operas were creative, crystal clear and extraordinarily communicative. His demeanors in and out of rehearsals were calm and kind. He was admired and respected by all singers and musicians. His expertise and knowledge were a constant help to me in planning and executing this very important part of our season. Last year he played a crucial role in many of BYS’s important video projects. His generosity in preparing them was matched only by the outstanding results. I cannot begin to express my gratitude and my sadness. I will miss him terribly and so will the entire BYSO opera team.” Federico Cortese, BYSO Music Director