Press "Enter" to skip to content

Jonathan Miller, satirist and Manager of opera and Theater, dies aged 85

Last updated on November 27, 2019

Satirist and director Jonathan Miller, whose career spanned over 50 years by the hit comedy review show” Beyond the Fringe” to heading for a number of the world’s leading opera houses, has died aged 85.

In a statement, his family said Miller died”peacefully at homeā€¦ after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s”.

A skilled physician, Miller chose to place his fledgling medical career on hold to pursue a life in comedy.

He came into prominence in the early 1960s when he emerged at the revolutionary teaser inspection” Beyond the Fringe” with Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, and Dudley Moore.

Its success helped him to move on to become the presenter of the BBC arts program Monitor and also a manager of plays in the National Theatre.

He also made his directing debut in 1962, together with John Osborne’s Under Plain Cover and branched out to opera in the 1970s, when he worked for Glyndebourne and English National Opera.

In 2016, English National Opera celebrated his four-decade affiliation with the firm with all the tribute Marvellous Miller.

“Jonathan Miller was among the most significant figures in British theater and opera of yesteryear half-century,” Royal Opera House manager of cinema, Oliver Mears, said in a statement.

“Combining a supreme intellect using a consistently irreverent view, made from his adventures in both humor and medication, Miller shone an exceptional light on the art form.”

BBC Director-General Tony Hall said Miller had been”a creative genius whose creativity knew no boundariesā€¦ he brought culture and arts into millions on the BBC”.