Monday, March 31, 2008

To the Family of Mr Paul Bonart,

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Mr Paul Bonart.

Though I never met this special, sensitive and cultivated person, we corresponded often and somehow the sehnsucht, perspective, tempered optimism he was able to convey provided me with a deep inspiration as I face the challenges of working in contemporary Europe.

It is with regret that our physical paths were never able to cross, but if one has the rare privilege of knowing someone though their spirit and soul, as Mr Bonart allowed me to do, one appreciates this way of meeting a person as the greatest honor of all.

With my deepest sympathies and profound regrets,

Kent Nagano

GMD - Bayerische Staatsoper und Staatsorchester

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