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Roth, David,

May 9, 1959 - July 19, 2015

With deep sorrow we mourn the passing of our beloved, David Roth. David suffered a massive heart attack while driving home to Kentucky after a business trip and spending time with family in Wisconsin. At 56 years old, David lived a full and passionate life filled with humor and great energy. He was a unique individual and held a special place in many hearts. Born in Beloit, WI, David attended grade school in both Westby and Viroqua, WI, where he also helped out on the family farms. In 1977, he graduated from Viroqua High School where he developed an interest in music, performing in many musical productions. This prompted David to major in both music and business in college at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

As his own musical repertoire grew, so did his love for opera. Upon graduation from university, he moved to Minneapolis to work in accounting while pursuing a musical career. During his time in Minnesota, he later worked for the Minnesota Opera and also created Opera 101 to direct and produce operas for the local community. In 2000, he moved to Texas to work for Fort Worth Opera as both the Director of Production and the Director of Finance. In 2006, he took a job as the General Director of the Kentucky Opera in Louisville, Kentucky. His skill for providing high quality productions while also highlighting new and upcoming talent is known around the country and beyond.

In addition to music, David loved hiking, travel, reading, home renovation, and spending time with friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Roth of Viroqua.

He is survived by his partner, Bryce Hudson of Columbus, OH; his mother, Sally Roth from Viroqua; sisters, Karen Roth (Chris Rubio) of Oregon and Janet Vesbach (Paul) of Ohio; brother, Gary Roth of Ohio; four nieces; one nephew; and countless other family members and friends.

A memorial service to celebrate his life and legacy will be held at The Brown Theatre (315 W Broadway, Louisville, KY, 40202) beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday July 30th, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to the David Roth

Memorial Fund through the Kentucky Opera, 323 West Broadway, Louisville KY, 40202.

Published in The Courier-Journal on July 26, 2015
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