The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Saturday, January 29, 2022


Bruce Myers, actor with voice of a 'Stradivarius,' dies at 78
Bruce Myers portrays the Narrator in the play “The Inquisitor” at the New York Theater Workshop in New York, Oct. 23, 2008. Myers, a stalwart member of the group of actors who worked with the director Peter Brook, died of the new coronavirus in Paris on April 15, 2020. He was 78. Sara Krulwich/The New York Times.

by Ben Brantley



NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- It was actor Bruce Myers’ voice, above all, that people tended to remember. “His deep lion’s voice will resonate no more,” was how the French newspaper Le Monde opened its tribute to Myers, who died of the new coronavirus in Paris on April 15 at 78.

A favorite of the great international director Peter Brook, with whom he worked for nearly 50 years, Myers, with his elegant diction and reverberant tones, inspired comparisons to the famously mellifluous John Gielgud.

Writing about Myers’ performance in an evening of short works directed by Brook in 2011, Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times called him “a human Stradivarius,” with his “lush caress of vowels and precise choreography of consonants.”

Bruce Myers was born on April 12, 1942, in Radcliffe, a town north of Manchester, England, to Maurice and Mitzi Myers. His father was a solicitor, his mother a secretary in her husband’s law firm. He attended Trinity College, Dublin, and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

Myers met Brook in about 1970 and became one of the most enduring members of the Paris-based International Center for Theater Research, founded that year by Brook and producer Micheline Rozan to stage productions but also to examine the purpose of theater. Myers toured the world, from cosmopolitan capitals to African villages, with many of its most celebrated productions.

These included such signature Brook pieces as the nine-hour “The Mahabharata,” based on the epic Hindu poem, in which he played the deities Ganesha and Krishna; “The Man Who…,” inspired by a book by neurologist Oliver Sacks; and “The Conference of the Birds,” based on the 12th-century Persian poem.

Myers notably appeared in Shakespeare roles for the company, including the misanthropic Alcibiades in “Timon of Athens,” the piece with which Brook opened the renovated Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris in 1974; and as Polonius in a streamlined adaptation of “Hamlet,” seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2001.

In addition to his stage work, Myers appeared in films, including Brook’s screen adaptations of “The Mahabharata” and “Hamlet,” and had supporting roles in more mainstream movie fare like “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “Henry and June.” He also worked as a director and conducted acting workshops throughout the world.

He is survived by his wife, Ivanka Polchenko, who confirmed the death; two daughters, Lea and Samia, from his previous marriage, to actress Corinne Jaber; and three siblings.

© 2020 The New York Times Company










Today's News

April 29, 2020

Opening up the red Haring: Photo series documents unframing of rare artwork

British Museum revamps online collection of over 4 million objects

Sotheby's launches a digital buy-now marketplace empowering preeminent gallery partners to make immediate online sales

New research reveals more of the 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'

Salisbury Cathedral celebrates 800 years with virtual art exhibition

Art Deco Cartier bracelet achieves $1.34 million in Sotheby's dedicated online auction

The vinyl? It's pricey. The sound? Otherworldly.

"Probably the most beautiful thing at Chatsworth" goes online

Cecil Beaton's Bright Young Things come to Bonhams

Free content during pandemic threatens cultural industries: UN

Ronnie Wood announced as Guest Artist for The Other Art Fair 'Online Studios'

Rare Charles I Civil War coins minted in Hereford and the Welsh Marches will be offered at Dix Noonan Webb

Oscars suspend movie theater rule due to coronavirus

Peru's queen of Quechua rap fuses the transgressive and traditional

Harold Reid, bedrock voice of the Statler Brothers, dies at 80

Nationalmuseum Stockholm publishes a new edition of its Art Bulletin

Bruce Myers, actor with voice of a 'Stradivarius,' dies at 78

Broadway adjourns, but the 'Sing Street' band plays on

LiveAuctioneers' campaign to benefit COVID-19 relief on track to generate substantial donations

MCA Chicago extends Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago Exhibition

Vincent Michéa at Galerie Cécile Fakhoury Dakar extended until September

Pandemic brings life back to Florida drive-in theater

Frist Art Museum presents its first online exhibition "We Count: First-Time Voters"

FotoFocus grants $800,000 to Ohio and Kentucky's art communities

Wireless Motion Sensor Lights : A Great Security Solution




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful