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Toronto: Memorial website launched to honour opera expert Father Owen Lee

Sunday, July 19, 2020

He was revered by hundreds as a Catholic Basilian priest, esteemed by thousands as a Professor of Classics, and treasured by millions around the world for his three decades of brilliant radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera.

Father M. Owen Lee (1930-2019)

To mark the first anniversary of his death (25th July, next Saturday) I am today launching a new memorial website to honour his legacy.

Among his many books, he is the author of “Wagner: The Terrible Man and His Truthful Art.”

On this site you can see   SEVEN YOUTUBE VIDEO INTERVIEWS with him …

and hear a wide selection of his insightful and illuminating radio broadcasts he made for the Metropolitan Opera Company – and the eleven CDs he made for the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

You will find that I have curated FOUR YOUTUBE AUDIO PLAYLISTS … so that you can explore (some of) his radio broadcast  Commentaries; and (most of) his “Musical and Dramatic Analyses”. The MADAs are divided into three segments: on French Operas; on German Operas; and on Italian Operas. I hope, in time, to be able to provide a complete archive of his radio broadcasts. Please let me know if you have any of the missing broadcasts.

In addition, I have assembled a series of DOCUMENTS about him (including some biographies, his eulogy and several obituaries) …

… and by him (including lists of his published articles and public lectures).

Finally, I have created a brief introduction to each of his 21 BOOKS (on Opera, on Wagner, on Latin poetry, on Quests, on Great Movies, etc).

I hope you will find that it appropriately celebrates a great man.

Requiescat in pace, good father.

Iain Scott