30 January 2018

Robert Rattray, 67, Metropolitan Opera's Assistant General Manager for Artistic Administration, has Died

ROBERT RATTRAY, the Metropolitan Opera's assistant general manager responsible for artistic administration, has died after suffering a stroke. He was sixty-seven.

Rattray came to the Met in 2014 with more than forty years’ experience in artist management. He began his career as a trainee artist manager with the firm of Ibbs and Tillet, and in 1977 joined one of the two companies that would merge to become Askonas Holt. Rattray served as joint chief executive at Askonas Holt from 1998 until 2013, when he became a consultant to the firm. He joined the Met the following year, taking up his job in August 2014, as rehearsals were beginning for the 2014–15 season. Rattray’s responsibilities included managing the forward planning, casting and scheduling of the more than 200 performances in the Met season.

Soft-spoken, genial and scrupulously polite, Rattray was a beloved and admired colleague. Among the many singers who benefitted from Rattray’s counsel and advice were Thomas Allen, Iestyn Davies, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Robert Lloyd, Felicity Lott, Ann Murray and Matthew Rose.  

In the 2014 Birthday Honours List, Rattray was named MBE in recognition of his services to music. 

The Met has announced that it will dedicate the company's opening performance of Parsifal, on February 5, to Rattray's memory. spacer

More information can be found at The Metropolitan Opera.

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