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Germanwings Flight 4U9525 victims include opera singers, high school students

03/25/2015 07:16 EDT | Updated 05/25/2015 05:59 EDT
Two opera singers, an Australian mother and son on holiday, and 16 German 10th-grade students returning from an exchange in Spain were among the victims in Tuesday's crash of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 in the southern French Alps.

The Deutsche Oper am Rhein said bass-baritone Oleg Bryjak, 54, was returning from Barcelona, where he had sung Alberich in Richard Wagner's Siegfried at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Bryjak was born in Kazakhstan.

"We have lost a great performer and a great person in OlegBryjak," opera director Christoph Meyer said. "We are stunned."

The Liceu opera house said the other singer on the flight was Duesseldorf-born Maria Radner, 34, who died along with her husband and baby.

"Our deepest sympathies to family, friends & colleagues of Maria Radner, Oleg Bryjak & all who lost loved ones today," tweeted Canadian Opera Company general director Alexander Neef on Tuesday.

Neef wrote that Radner was due to perform the role of Erda in the COC's production of Siegfried next season.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the two Australian victims on the flight were Melbourne nurse Carol Friday, 68, and her son Greig, 29, an engineer. ABC said the two had been on holiday together in Europe.

In the western German town of Haltern, friends and families mourned the loss of 16 students and their two teachers. 

"We are a town of 38,000," Mayor Bodo Klimpel, whose son attends the same school as the victims, said on ARD television. "It's only natural that you know some people personally."

Lara Beer's best friend, Paula, was on the flight. "You just can't believe that your own friend is gone," the 14-year-old said.

BBC reported that Israel Radio said 39-year-old Israeli national Eyal Baum is among the victims. BBC said Baum had been living in Barcelona and was travelling to Duesseldorf for work.

Victims and nationalities

Here's a look at what is known about the nationalities from Germanwings and from governments that have announced their citizens were aboard Flight 4U9525:

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72 Germans, confirmed by Germanwings.

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35 Spaniards, according to Germanwings; Spain says there may be up to 39.

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3 British, confirmed by the government, which says there may be more. Germanwings could only confirm 1 British.

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3 Kazakhs, confirmed by the government.

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2 Americans, confirmed by Germanwings.

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2 Argentines, confirmed by Germanwings.

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2 Australians, confirmed by the government and Germanwings.

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2 Colombians, confirmed by the government. Germanwings listed 1 Colombian.

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2 Iranians, confirmed by Germanwings.

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2 Japanese, confirmed by the government. Germanwings listed 1 Japanese.

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2 Venezuelans, confirmed by Germanwings.

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1 Belgian, confirmed by Germanwings.

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1 Dane, confirmed by the government and Germanwings.

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1 Dutch, confirmed by the government and Germanwings.

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1 Israeli, confirmed by the government and Germanwings.

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1 Mexican, confirmed by Germanwings.

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1 Moroccan, confirmed by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

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1 Turk, confirmed by the government.

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