I was sad to see the death announced of the remarkable Canadian tenor Leopold Simoneau. The tenor of choice for the Mozart operas was Simoneau in the 50s. The classic recording of Cosi fan tutte conducted by Karajan set a new standard. By the way Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, whom we lost recently as well, was the Fiordiligi in that.
In 1991 I was Chairman of the Jury of the Toronto International Mozart competition. We had an extraordinarily distinguished jury assembled by the legendary father of Canadian music life Nicholas Goldschmidt. And amongst them was the utterly delightful Simoneau. Having grown up learning Cosi and Idomeneo from his recordings it was a great privelege to spend a week with him in the jury room! He spent time at Glyndebourne during the 50s where he was the Idamante in that Idomeneo production conducted by Fritz Busch which initiated the wide revival of Mozart's first operatic masterpiece.