I am deeply saddened at the news that Bill Fabris, brilliant director, choreographer, and beloved colleague and mentor to countless opera professionals, passed away on February 28.

What a lovely, lovely person. He directed Fledermaus for Opera in the Heights last August-September and made every moment a pure joy for everyone. We used his smart and stylish translation that left both performers and audiences in stitches. He got our chorus to dance, really dance, on our teeny tiny stage. He participated in our talk-back session from the audience to keep the spotlight on the singers. He stuck around Houston a week after we opened to catch all the performances. We absolutely loved having him here.

With his extraordinary craft and humanity, he has helped countless opera people find new delights and deeper rewards in what we do. My heart is full of sadness at his passing but also profound gratitude for the privilege of having known this sweet man. Rest in peace, Bill.