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Tragedy: Lyric tenor dies, aged 35

Gregory Carroll, a rising tenor who was engaged as cover at Chicago Lyric and the Metropolitan Opera, has died of a heart attack at his home in Des Moines.

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He twice sang Radames at the Lyric. Other recent engagements included Rodolfo in Verdi’s Luisa Millerwith Chautauqua Opera and Puget Sound Opera, Canio in Pagliacci  with Cleveland Opera and Spokane Opera, First Armed Man in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Canadian Opera Company, Bacchus in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos as a guest artist with Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program.

He had been suffering from a respiratory infection before the cardiac incident. Janos Gereben broke the sad news on San Francisco Classical Voice.

Yesterday would have been his 36th birthday. Our condolences to family and friends.


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  1. Dear Norman,

    The terrible news about Greg’s passing broke (to use a variation on your terminology) quite a while before the San Francisco Classical Voice posted their obituary yesterday. He passed away late Tuesday and through the rapidness of social media, it seemed most of the opera community knew and was feeling this heartbreak by early Wednesday.

    This obituary omits two of Greg’s largest career achievements (I emailed the San Francisco Classical Voice yesterday in hopes that they would correct their website). While he did cover (two contracts) at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, it’s important that he went on twice (the first time with very little notice) to sing Radames in Aida. He also repeated the role of Radames later in that season in his international operatic debut with Den Norske Opera.

    A full description of his career achievements from his all too brief time in our art form can currently be found here:

    Yesterday would have been his birthday.

    All best,
    Kristin Cowdin
    Artist Manager
    Guy Barzilay Artists

    • Thank you Kirstin. I’ll amend.

      • Thanks for this. He achieved so much in so little time, especially starting late and changing fachs (from baritone to tenor). One can only imagine where his career would have gone before being cut so shockingly short. His was a truly special voice and he was a very well-loved guy. He is deeply missed by so many.

        All best,
        Kristin Cowdin
        Artist Manager
        Guy Barzilay Artists

  2. Thirty five is too young.

    My condolences too his family.

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