Remembering a joyous moment at ROF

The news of the loss of Dempsey Rivera spread throughout social media recently. A much-loved young talent who first appeared at the Rossini Opera Festival as a member of the Accademia Rossiniana, Dempsey returned to appear in Aureliano in Palmyira the following year. Last summer he appeared in Messa di Gloria ( seen here with Juan Diego Florez). Most likely many in the audience didn’t know of Dempsey’s illness and treatment; his bravery and determination in sharing his talent now seems bitter-sweet. Thanks to ROF for providing this beautiful photograph. And condolences to Dempsey’s friends,colleagues,and family.