Kentucky Opera Director Unexpectedly Dies in Crash On His Way Home to Louisville


Louisville, Ky., – The Kentucky Opera and the rest of Louisville’s arts community is mourning the sudden loss of Kentucky Opera’s director, David Roth.

The following was posted on Kentucky Opera’s Facebook page Monday morning:

“It is with profound and unspeakable sorrow that we must inform you that our dear friend and Kentucky Opera leader, David Roth, died in a car accident last night. David was returning to Louisville after visiting family in Wisconsin. Few details are available at this time. As more information becomes available we will update our web site at David was a positive and powerful presence in the lives of many of us. He will be deeply missed. Please join us in extending our heartfelt condolences to his family.”

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s reaction:

“Our city is deeply saddened by the death of Ky Opera leader David Roth, a true visionary and innovator. Our condolences to his family, friends and the entire arts community.”

The Kentucky Arts Council:

“The Kentucky Arts Council sends out condolences to David Roth’s family and to his friends and colleagues at the Kentucky Opera.”

Kentucky Center for Performing Arts:

“Our hearts go out to David’s family and friends as we remember the amazing work he did with the Kentucky Opera.”