Andrew Porter, New Yorker Classical Music Critic, Dies at 86

Mr. Porter, who also pieced together a restored version of Don Carlos, directed operas as well, and translated librettos from the many languages he knew. Andrew Porter (26 August 1928 – 3 April 2015) was a British music critic, scholar, organist, and opera director. He studied organ at University College, Oxford University, in the late 1940s, then began writing music criticism for various London newspapers, including The Times and The Daily Telegraph. In 1953 he joined The Financial Times, where he served as the lead critic until 1972. Stanley Sadie, in the 2001 edition of the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, wrote that Porter "built up a distinctive tradition of criticism, with longer notices than were customary in British daily papers, based on his elegant, spacious literary style and always informed by a knowledge of music history and the findings of textual scholarship as well as an exceptionally wide range of sympathies."WIKIPEDIA