Art manager

Veteran artist manager Peter Bloor dies aged 73

From left to right: Jenifer Eddy, Mark Hildrew, Robert Rattray, Lies Askonas, Peter Bloor and Christa Phelps (Photo courtesy: Askonas Holt)

Born in Sydney, Australia, Bloor studied archeology and anthropology at University of Sydney before attending the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) to study stage management.

In 1973 he joined what is now known as Opera Australia (OA), working for the opera director Moffatt Oxenbould within the artistic direction team. During this time, he made the acquaintance of renowned Australian singers Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge.

Bloor has also contributed subtitles for OA productions – translating into English, Italian, French and German operas – and has written subtitles for London. royal opera.

He moved to the UK in 1988, when he joined the entrepreneur Askonas Lies as an artist manager, working alongside fellow managers Robert Rattray.

Soon to be appointed to the board of directors of Askonas Holt, Bloor worked in the company for 25 years, helping to develop the careers of many singers, producers and accompanists. He moved to the south coast of England after retiring in 2013.

“Peter was a valued friend, mentor and colleague,” Askonas Holt wrote on their website. “He was calm and thoughtful, deeply private, immensely cultured and a great lover of literature, theater and art.

“His knowledge of voices and their repertoire was second to none,” the company continued. “He also possessed a wicked, dry sense of humor and loved the absurd, both in life and in business. Selfless to the point of fault, he was immensely loved by both his artists and his colleagues who knew they could always turn to him, even in retirement, for advice, guidance or simply a listening ear in case of need.

Our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Bloor.