New York Journal critic Peter G. Davis dies on the age of 84

NEW YORK – New York Magazine’s longtime classical music critic Peter G. Davis has died at the age of 84.

Davis died on Saturday after a brief illness at Mount Sinai West Hospital in New York, said Scott Parris, his husband since 2009 and a partner for 41 years. Davis suffered a stroke in 2018.

Davis was New York’s music critic for 26 years until the position was eliminated in 2007.

Davis was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and grew up in Lincoln and Cambridge. He graduated from Harvard in 1958, studied music and received a master’s degree in composition in Columbia in 1962.

Davis was the classical music editor of the Sunday arts and recreational pages of the New York Times during the 1970s and 1980s. He also wrote for The Times of London, Musical America, High Fidelity, and Opera News.

Davis wrote the book in 1987, “The American Opera Singer: The Life and Adventures of America’s Great Singers in Opera and Concert from 1825 to Today.”

A memorial is planned after the coronavirus pandemic subsides, Parris said.

The Associated Press

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