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Music critic Alan Rich dies

Reviewed opera for Daily Variety

Music critic Alan Rich, whose reviews appeared in numerous publications including Daily Variety, died Friday in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 86.

Rich reviewed opera for Daily Variety from 1995 to 2009. Born in Brookline, Mass., Rich studied medicine at Harvard and then switched to music.

He wrote reviews for the New York Times, the New York Herald Tribune, New York magazine, Newsweek, California magazine, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and Los Angeles Daily News. He also wrote for L.A. Weekly and Bloomberg News.

He also worked as music director of Berkeley, Calif., radio station KPFA and wrote a number of books including “So I’ve Heard: Notes of a Migratory Music Critic,” published in 2006.

Phil Gallo, who edited Rich at Daily Variety from 1995 to 2009, told LAObserved: “Always my first choice for any classical assignment, he never pulled punches and made every review about the music performed on the stage, not about the personalities, backstage drama or incidents that surround a performance.”

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