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German opera singer, conductor Schreier dies at 84

Opera singer and conductor Peter Schreier, who won fame at the Salzburg festival and Milan's La Scala, has died in Dresden, Germany. He was 84.

The dpa news agency reported Thursday that he died Wednesday, citing his longtime secretary. Schreier, a tenor, was in demand on opera stages all over the world.

He performed at the Berlin State Opera in his native East Germany and at Milan's La Scala, as well as a 25-year run at the famed Salzburg festival. One of his specialties was performing and recording the songs of composers Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann.

Schreier retired from the opera stage in 2000 after a final performance in Berlin as Tamino in Mozart's "The Magic Flute," one of his most important roles.

He then continued with songs and oratorio performances until he was 70. Dpa didn't report a cause of death, but said Schreier had suffered heart trouble including bypass surgery in past years.

Russian theater director Volchek dies at 86

Galina Volchek, a prominent Russian theater director and actress, has died. She was 86.

Volchek died in Moscow on Thursday, Moscow's Sovremennik Theater said. It didn't mention the cause of death, but media reports said she was hospitalized with pneumonia several days ago.

After graduation from a theater school, Volchek in 1956 co-founded the Sovremennik together with several other young actors.

The theater's cutting edge performances shaped the Soviet theater scene in the 1960s, becoming a symbol of a short-lived liberal "thaw."

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Volchek made her debut as a theater director in 1962. In 1972, she became the chief director of the Sovremennik, a job she held until her death.

Volchek also worked as a theater actress and starred in numerous movies.

Funeral arrangements weren't immediately announced.

Political writer William Greider dies at 83

William Greider, a longtime political writer for The Nation, Rolling Stone and The Washington Post, died Wednesday at the age of 83, according to his former editor.

The Nation's Editorial Director Katrina vandenHeuvel tweeted Thursday that Greider understood "something all too rare in this 24-7 media world. The process of reimagining democracy requires not only real respect for the people, deep reporting, historical insight, but also patience."

Before joining The Nation in 1999, Greider was a columnist at Rolling Stone for 17 years. Before that, he was a reporter and editor at The Washington Post.

One of Greider's first well-known articles was a profile of David Stockman, President Ronald Reagan's budget director and a champion of supply-side economics.

Greider's books included "Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country," "Who Will Tell the People? The Betrayal of American Democracy" and "One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism."

Greider died at his home in Washington complications of congestive heart failure, his son, Cameron, told The New York Times.

Today's birthdays: Actress Maggie Smith is 85. Singer-keyboardist Edgar Winter is 73. Actor Denzel Washington is 65. Actor Chad McQueen (the "Karate Kid" films) is 59. Comedian Seth Meyers ("Late Night With Seth Meyers") is 46. Singer John Legend is 41. Actor Beau Garrett ("The Good Doctor") is 37. "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta is 29. Actor Miles Brown ("Black-ish") is 15.

— The Associated Press


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