Thursday, September 23, 2021

Amanda Holden 1948-2021

 Amanda Holden, who died 7 September, 2021, aged 73, was a British pianist, librettist, translator, editor and academic teacher. She is known for translating opera librettos to more contemporary English for the English National Opera, and for writing new librettos, especially in collaboration with Brett Dean. She contributed to encyclopedias such as the New Penguin Opera Guide.

She was born Amanda Warren, 19 January, 1948, daughter of Sir Harold Brian Seymour Warren [1914-96], a medical officer in the Grenadier Guards, and his wife Dame Alice Josephine Mary Taylor Barnes, DBE [1912-99], the obstetrician and gynaecologist.

Amanda Warren married 1 May, 1971 [divorced 1988], as his first wife, Anthony Ivan Holden [born 22 May, 1947], the biographer, journalist and broadcaster, scion of the Holden baronets, second son of John Holden [1918-85], by his wife Margaret Lois Sharpe [d 1985], and a grandson of Sir George Holden, 2nd Baronet [1890-1937].

Amanda Holden leaves three sons.


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