Mark Flint, the artistic director for the Augusta Opera from 2003-09, died in a Phoenix hospital from complications from a five-year battle with cancer, the Detroit Free Press reported. He was 57.
While at the Augusta Opera, Flint conducted productions including Carmen, Man of La Mancha and Sweeney Todd.
Tonya Currier, who worked with Flint as a soprano soloist in the Augusta Opera, described him as a master musician with a “wickedly funny sense of humor.”
“He had a wonderful passion for the operatic art form, and was truly fabulous,” she said. “He was a big name in the opera business, and he felt very fondly about Augusta.”
Said Dennis Sodomka, who is the president of the opera board: “Mark was a longtime friend of Augusta Opera, and he will be deeply missed. Mark had many friends in Augusta’s music community. Every time I talked to him, he was excited about coming to Augusta for another performance.
“He and Ed Bradberry collaborated to bring many great opera productions here.”
The Augusta Opera is dedicating its May production of a night with Gilbert and Sullivan to Flint, Sodomka said. Gilbert and Sullivan pieces were among his specialties.
As a symphony conductor, Flint appeared with the St. Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony and National Orchestra of Lyon (France).
Flint, who lived in Leonia, N.J., is survived by his partner, Steven Horak; and his mother, Jeanne.
Services are pending.