McKEE--Richard D., Richard D. McKee, on April 14, 2013. 71, of Manlius, NY, passed away peacefully. He was born in Hagerstown, MD to the late Charles and Frances Burton McKee. After graduating from Choate in 1960, he received his BA in music from Yale University and his Masters in music from the University of Illinois. He had a long outstanding career as a leading bass baritone singing and directing with professional opera companies in the US and abroad including the New York City Opera Company. Among the many roles in his repertoire, Leperello in Don Giovanni, the title role in Falstaff and Pooh-Bah and Mikado in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado were his favorites. He retired in 2007 as Artistic Director from Syracuse Opera. He is survived by his family, Carolyn F. McKee, Lyn Holzman, Janet M. Shields and Kevin Shields; grandchildren, Morgan and Brenna Shields; sister, Jane M. Rozes; nephews and niece, Charles Rozes, Jennifer Rozes and Jonathan Rozes; and many friends at Syracuse Opera. There will be a memorial service to be announced at a later date. Contributions may be made to Syracuse Opera, P.O. Box 1223, Syracuse, NY 13201-1223. For a guest book, please visit: www.scheppfamily.com. Services by Newell-Fay Manlius Chapel of Schepp Family Funeral Homes, Manlius, NY.
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Published in The New York Times on Apr. 16, 2013