Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies aged 80: friend

Breaking News January 20, 2014 00:00

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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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