Death of Pavarotti’s sidekick, 89

We are saddened by the passing of the bass singer Spiro Malas, who died in New York last weekend.

Spiro, a stalwart of NY City Opera and the Met, was taken by Richard Bonygne and Joan Sutherland on the same Australia tour as Luciano Pavarotti. The four remained close friends, including Spiro’s wife, the City Opera mazzo Marlena Kleinman, in their party.

Marlena Malas went on to become a distinguished voice teacher; she is presently recovering from cancer.