Albert Speer Jr.
BERLIN (AP) — Albert Speer Jr., the son of Adolf Hitler’s chief architect who had his own accomplished architectural career but struggled to distance himself from his father’s legacy, has died. He was 83.
The architecture firm he founded, Albert Speer + Partner GmbH, said Speer died Saturday in Frankfurt.
Speer was 12 when his father was convicted in Nuremberg of war crimes and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper in an interview in 2010 he was “annoyed” to always be asked about his father.
Professionally, Speer Jr. concentrated on designing environmentally sound and energy-efficient buildings. His firm was selected to design the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater has announced that renowned Soviet and Russian opera singer Zurab Sotkilava has died. He was 80.
The Bolshoi announced Sotkilava’s death in Moscow on Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his condolences.
Sotkilava, born in then-Soviet Georgia, was a member of its leading soccer team before an injury put an end to his sports career. In 1965, he graduated from the Tbilisi Conservatory and later attended classes at Milan’s La Scala.
Sotkilava made his Bolshoi Theatre debut in 1973 as Jose in Bizet’s “Carmen.” He starred as Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini’s “Tosca,” Radames in Verdi’s “Aida” and Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta,” among other productions.