Canadian opera singer Jon Vickers dies
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.”