…Hubby gave me the sad news today. Last year, at the Cyrano premiere in Miami, I’ve personally met conductor Mark Flint. He already had the health problems, but was bravely fighting them.. I found out for a while that the health condition changed in worse,but I did not expect that he will be taken from us so soon…
The Detroit Opera House : Home of the Michigan Theatre posted on their fb page :
The opera world has lost a great friend this past weekend with the death of Mark Flint. A familiar presence at Michigan Opera Theatre, Maestro Flint conducted countless productions here, along with orchestrating and conducting the world premiere of David DiChiera and Bernard Uzan’s “Cyrano.” He will be dearly missed.
Mark Flint with the Michigan Opera General Director David DiChiera
Uzan International Artists
We are sad to report that Mark Flint left us on March 4, 2012, after a long illness, in Phoenix, AZ where he was conducting Aida.
and symphonies throughout the United States and Canada. In life and in his work he performed with boldness, passion and love. He was a respected and devoted friend to every person he came in contact with including singers, directors, designers, and opera administrators. One of Maestro Flint’s most beloved professional moments was orchestrating the David DiChiera/Bernard Uzan opera Cyrano, which he conducted the World Premiere of in October 2007 at the Michigan Opera Theatre and again in 2011 at Florida Grand Opera. Not only did he have a major hand in the pieces ultimate creation and success but he worked alongside his lifelong friends and colleagues David and Bernard. Other noted premieres included the World Premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town at Lake George Opera and the International Premiere of Tobias Picker’s Thérese Raquin at L’Opera de Montreal with another life-long friend, Diana Soviero. His final appearance was at Arizona Opera for Verdi’s Aida.
Maestro Flint will be greatly missed not only by his friends and family but by the entire Opera world, an industry he contributed to and was dedicated to, his entire life. He was a man whose personal modesty was matched only by immense musical authority. Maestro Flint delivered us music that touched the soul like nothing else can – pure human emotion from the heart. His contribution to the opera world and everyone he came in contact with, will not be forgotten. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family.