Cana­dian opera singer Jon Vick­ers dies

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Canada-born opera singer Jon Vick­ers, nick­named “God's tenor” for his inim­itable voice and strong Chris­tian be­liefs, has died. He was 88.

The Royal Opera House opera, cit­ing a state­ment from Vick­ers' fam­ily, said he died Fri­day in the Cana­dian province of On­tario af­ter a strug­gle with Alzheimer's dis­ease.

Born in Prince Al­bert, Saskatchewan, in 1926, Vick­ers sang as a child in church choirs and as­pired to study medicine be­fore win­ning a schol­ar­ship to the Royal Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic in Toronto.

Vick­ers made his Royal Opera de­but in 1957. A year later, he per­formed at Ger­many's Bayreuth fes­ti­val, go­ing on to be­come one of the world's lead­ing per­form­ers of Richard Wag­ner, ac­claimed for roles in­clud­ing Sieg­mund in “Die Walkuere.”

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