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Farewell to a fine baritone

Charles Van Tassel has died, aged 75.

charles van tassel

New York born, Charles discovered Europe at 30 and never looked back, becoming a Dutch citizen in 1975. He sang more that 100 operatic roles in Germany and Holland and was a wonderful lieder singer, into old age.

Here he is in Israel, just ten months ago.

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  1. Gabrielle Varro says:

    Dear Mr. Lebrecht,
    In your article about Charles Van Tassel “Farewell to a fine baritone”, you posted the video of his duo with Amalia Ishak in Israel, but could you please check the date for that performance? I don’t think it was just 10 months ago and would appreciate having the exact date and place.
    Thank you.
    All the best,
    G. Varro (Bussy-le-Grand, Burgundy, France)

  2. Ira Spaulding says:

    A wonderful colleague and friend whom I’ve had the pleasure of conducting, singing with and teaching next to. May his spirit give joy in the years to come.

  3. I would like to say farewell to a wonderful colleague, a fine singer and a very good friend. He was a wise, inspirational teacher with enormous knowledge of singing and repertoire. I learnt much from him.
    He will be sorely missed.

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