Argentine baritone Alejandro Meerapfel has died at the age of 54 of a heart attack during a concert at a music festival in Ambronay, eastern France, event organizers said Saturday.
"We announce with sadness that the baritone died of a heart attack on stage yesterday (Friday) night during a concert" of the 44th Ambronay baroque music festival, "he says in a statement from the direction of the cultural center of this town.
The Cappella Mediterranea ensemble and the chamber choir of Namur were on the stage of the abbey of Ambronay under the direction of the Argentine Leonardo García Alarcón, when the baritone felt unwell.
Meerapfel, a graduate of the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón, has performed throughout his career in numerous theaters in Europe and Latin America. Among his interpretations as protagonist include 'Don Giovanni', 'La Bohème' or 'Don Carlo', indicates the website of the lyric theater of Buenos Aires.
"His brutal disappearance has left us shocked," said the organizers of the Ambronay festival, where Meerapfel had collaborated on multiple occasions.
"Alexander was an angel on earth. Before the concert, his smile and good humor filled the souls of the entire artistic team and the festival, "said García Alarcón, quoted in the text.
"We will miss him but he will always be with us," concluded the renowned Argentine conductor.