Opera singer from Germany among French Alps air crash victims

BERLIN (AFP) - Opera singer Oleg Bryjak was among the 150 people killed when a Germanwings jet crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, the opera house in Duesseldorf said.

The 54-year-old bass-baritone had just performed the character Alberich in Richard Wagner's Siegfried at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu.

"We have lost a great artist and a great man... We are shocked," said Christoph Meyer, general director of the opera house.

Bryjak was born in Kazakhstan in the former Soviet Union and had performed on opera stages including in Paris, Zurich, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Sao Paolo and Tokyo, according to his website.

French officials said there were no survivors among the 144 passengers and six crew aboard the Germanwings Airbus 320 jet when it crashed en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf near the ski resort of Barcelonnette.