Richard Bradshaw, the leading light of the Canadian Opera Company and the driving force behind its long-awaited opera house, has died suddenly, just over a year after seeing a 30-year dream come true with the opening of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. He was 63.
Bradshaw died of an apparent heart attack at Toronto's Pearson International Airport just moments after returning from a vacation in the Maritimes with his wife, Diana, and their two children.
"In our sorrow, we pay tribute to the inspiration and leadership he played in the cultural landscape of his adopted country," said David Ferguson, the president of the opera company's board. "We are grieving and we will miss him terribly."