Germanwings plane crash: Oleg Bryjak given posthumous honour

The German baritone has been given the title of Ehrenmitglied (honorary member) by the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, along with the mayors of Düsseldorf and Duisburg.

Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner

The opera singers Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner were among those who died in the Germanwings Flight 9525 plane crash in the French Alps on 24 March.

Bryjak, who sang regularly with the Deutsche Oper am Rein, has now been posthumously honoured with the title of 'honorary member' by the opera company and the mayors of Düsseldorf and Duisburg.

Bryjak and Radner were on a return flight from Barcelona after performing in Wagner's Siegfried at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. They had played the roles of Alberich and Erda in the opera.

They were also travelling with Radner's husband and child, who also died in the crash.

Watch Bryjak and Radner performing Siegfried in Barcelona:

Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, where Bryjak was a regular performer, posted a message of condolence to their Facebook page:


Eine weitere Opernsängerin war an Bord des abgestürzten Flugzeugs: Maria Radner stand am Gran Teatre del Liceu als Erda...

Posted by Deutsche Oper am Rhein on Tuesday, 24 March 2015


A bass-baritone, Bryjak (54) was originally from Kazakhstan, and had performed a large repertoire of operas with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle.

Radner, 34, was an esteemed contralto and had performed across the world under the batons of Antonio Pappano, Christian Thielemann and more. She made her Met Opera debut in 2012 in Wagner's Götterdämmerung.

Tributes from the opera world have been made across Twitter.

The Germanwings flight was carrying 144 passengers, all of whom died in the crash. The plane, an Airbus A320, came down in a remote region of the French Alps, and has proved inaccessible to most vehicles.


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