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Canadian Baritone Louis Quilico Dies at 75

by / par Wah Keung Chan / July 16, 2000

The operatic world has lost one of its great voices. Canadian baritone Louis Quilico died at Toronto Western Hospital on the morning of July 15, 2000 following complications arising from knee surgery. A blood clot led to cardiac arrest. He was 75. Here is the official announcement. According to Julie Giles, his publicist, Louis had gone into surgery on Wednesday and a blood clot had arisen leading to cardiac arrest. By Friday night, it appeared that Quilico would not survive and he passed away on Saturday morning. Quilico leaves his wife, concert pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico; his son baritone Gino Quilico and daughter Donna; step-children Dominique and Alexandra Brégent; grandchildren David, Natascia, Enrico, and Sophia; his brother Anthony Quilico and sisters Madeleine Maynard and Georgette Danduront.

Two years ago, I interviewed Quilico for an article in La Scena Musicale. The knee was giving him problems and he had talked of surgery, joking that he would return to the stage afterward. Quilico was turning more of his time towards teaching, and had produced a video called "The Voice Lesson" in which he has some interesting things to say about breathing (see his website).


Baritone Louis Quilico was one of the greats (Obituary, Arthur Kaptainis - Montreal Gazette) (English)

La mort subite du baryton montréalais Louis Quilico secoue le monde de l'opéra (Avis de décès, François Tousignant - Le Devoir)

Canadian baritone Louis Quilico dies (Obituary, Angela Pacienza, Canadian Press)

Louis Quilico - Gregarious baritone a modest opera star (Obituary , National Post)

Louis Quilico - Opera singer's death called 'profound loss' (Obituary , Adrian Humphreys - National Post)

Louis Quilico, 75, Baritone Who Often Played Rigoletto (Obituary , Allan Kozinn - New York Times)

For More on Louis Quilico, visite the official Louis Quilico web site.


The Funeral

The funeral for Louis Quilico will take place in Toronto on Tuesday, July 18 at 10:30 am at Holy Rosary Church, 354 St. Clair Ave. West. Visitation is on Monday, July 17 from 2 - 4 pm and 7 - 9 pm at Humphrey Funeral Home, 1403 Bayview Avenue.
See CP Report

In lieu of flowers, the family request a donation to the Toronto Humane Society, 416-392-2273. email:

*** Montréal commemorative mass planned

A commemorative mass for Louis Quilico has been planned for this Saturday, July 22 at Eglise Notre-Dame, 116 Notre-Dame West, in the old city of Montréal. The family welcomes friends to the church at 10:00 am. Mass will be celebrated by Monseigneur Yvon Bigras at 10:30 am.

Messages of Condolences

La Scena Musicale has set up a discussion topic at the La Scena Musicale Online message board for people to write their remembrances of Louis Quilico. These will be collected and forwarded to the family. To send a message, click on this link. Registration is necessary.

(c) La Scena Musicale 2000