Rudolph Sabor, who wrote The Real Wagner and translated the Ring operas for Phraidon Press, ded this week aged 98.
German born, a Hitler refugee, Rudolph was Director of the Bexley Centre for Music and Dance in outer London and a formidable propagator of high culture for young people. Witty, erudite, unconventional, he knew every word and not that Wagner wrote.
The conductor Tim Henty writes: ’He was a family friend of ours, and I was privileged to have been taught the piano by him from a very early age. They were unconventional lessons, and often very little to do with the piano, but they were always intensely involved and inspiring. He introduced me, along with countless others, to the pleasures of Wagner.’