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Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies aged 80: friend

ROME - Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, whose stellar career took him from La Scala opera house to the Berlin Philharmonic to the Vienna State Opera, died on Monday at the age of 80, a close collaborator told AFP.

"I found out half an hour ago from his personal doctor. This is such a painful moment," said a tearful Attilia Giuliani, head of the Abbadiani association, who first met Abbado in 1988.


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