Belgian Gerard Mortier was one of Opera's most famous personalities. "... a visionary opera company leader whose bold theatricality and updating of the canon helped define the art form’s modern history, died on Saturday at his home in Brussels. He was 70".
Picture and excerpt from The New York Times
full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/arts/music/gerard-mortier-opera-visionary-dies-at-70.html?_r=0