Birmingham Opera Company Founder and Artistic Director Sir Graham Vick has died of complications from Covid-19, aged 67.
Vick founded the Birmingham Opera Company 34 years ago, having already toured opera around remote Scottish communities.
He was recently knighted in the New Year's Honours and was made an honorary member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2016.
In 2017, he became the first International Chair of Opera at the Royal Northern College of Music.
"He leaves an indelible mark on the opera community, the city of Birmingham, and the wider cultural sector," Arts Council England commented.