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Brian Kellow (1959–2018)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Brian Kellow.

Please read these two tributes from Opera News and Fred Plotkin.

Please consider purchasing Brian’s books from his website if you do not already own them.

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  1. Pam Arsenault

    July 26, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. Condolences to his family.

  2. So sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. So young. So gifted. May he rest in peace (or haunt the Met ;-)…whichever please his soul the most.

    • Joyce H. Greenberg

      July 26, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      My heartfelt condolences to Brian’s loving husband Scott Barnes and the rest of his family.
      I will miss Brian’s intellect,pithy wit, warmth and kindness.
      This profound loss will be shared by the opera and literary community, his vast network of friends and admirers who had the privilege of knowing him.

  3. I am deeply saddened by Brian’s passing. He was an amazing talent with a gift for telling stories the way they should be told.
    I knew him during his high school years and worked with him on our school paper. He was only discovering his talent with words then and was encouraged in his work by his brother Barry, who taught English and advised us on the paper.
    My condolences to his husband Scott and his entire extended family.
    Wherever your next assignment takes you Brian, I’m certain that it will be on your terms.

  4. I knew Brian for ten years and he was an exceptionally talented arts person and wonderful friend. I wrote about him here:–2018.html

  5. Nino & Judy Pantano

    July 27, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Dea r Scott,

    Our deepest sympathies on the great loss of your beloved spouse Brian. The day you first met was a blessing. We now focus on the joyful impulse that brought you both together. What good great luck!
    Brian’s name will live on in his wonderful books and articles as well as his warmth and wit. Brian was taken from us too soon but he is now with his beloved Mom and Dad. They will send repeated “nudges” and loving hugs to you and the entire Kellow family. Brian believed in life ever after and may he rest in peace. We will miss him and wish you a long and productive life.
    As I write, Ethel Merman is singing songs from “Gypsy” to his sparkling cries of “Brava, encore!” Caruso and Corelli, Callas and Tebaldi are finding their place on line to perform for Brian and say “BRAVO! Good job! Well done!”
    We on Earth join the heavenly chorus! Our loss is surely Heaven’s gain!

    Love & hugs,
    Nino & Judy Pantano

  6. David Lemon and Sylvia L'Ecuyer

    July 27, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    We looked forward to seeing Brian and Scott at Wexford every year. As if only a few days, the twelve months melted away in the warmth of their presence. It’s a shame Brian wasn’t given more time, above all, for himself. He’d certainly have put it to good use, and given us a share of the intelligence, wit and vivacity that accompanied every moment we spent with him. We offer our deepest sympathy to Scott, and others of Brian’s family that are grieving.

  7. Laurie Kennedy

    July 30, 2018 at 10:17 am

    A wonderful writer, a great friend with one of the best laughs in the world,
    I send all of his friends and family and especially Scotty my deepest sympathies. We have just stopped to tie our shoelaces–we will be with him soon.

    Love Laurie

  8. ’m so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. Condolences to his family. 🙁

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