Dear colleagues and students
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Mr George Stevens in the early hours of Saturday morning, 11 August 2018, following surgery.
Mr Stevens joined the vocal division of the South African College of Music (SACM) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) as a senior lecturer in February 2014. He was acting director of the Opera School from October 2016.
Mr Stevens performed both locally and internationally, singing the baritone and bass baritone repertoire in the classical masses, oratorio and opera. In 1998 he became a principal soloist of the Theater Bremen, where he was honoured with the Kurt-Hübner Prize for “the most convincing singer and actor with extraordinary stage presence”. He was known and admired for his versatility, interpretive insights and exceptional control.
Those who worked with him described Mr Stevens as a brilliant singer, actor and an amazing teacher who really cared for those he worked with. Professor Rebekka Sandmeier, director of the SACM, said, “George was very generous in giving his time and talent. He will be missed sorely at the UCT Opera School, the vocal division and the SACM in general.”
Mr Stevens is survived by his father and his wife, Zoë. The funeral details are yet to be finalised.
The university has been in contact with the family and has reached out to offer support and assistance during this difficult time.
We convey our heartfelt condolences to Mr Stevens’ family, friends, students, colleagues and all who knew him.
The UCT Executive
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