Campbell Dickson Titus III, voice instructor who taught some of today’s most significant names in opera, died Thursday, March 8 in San Francisco. He was 76.
The Denver-born Titus earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Stanford and a master’s in music history from Berkeley. In between, he studied vocal technique and performance for the next 10 years in Europe. Titus continued to perform in Europe, Mexico and the United States before turning to academia. He was chairman of the voice department at the University of the Pacific for 14 years before moving to San Francisco, where he taught privately.
Among his students were opera singers Ruth Ann Swenson, Richard Bernstein, Greg Fedderly and Paula Rasmussen.
In 1990, Titus joined the Los Angeles Opera Co. as an adviser and was in charge of singing instruction for the young artists program.