Death of an Italian maestro, 86

The international opera maestro Elio Boncompagni – chief conductor in Brussels, Stockholm, Aachen and Naples – has died in Florence.

A student of Franco Ferrara and assistant to Tullio Serafin, he was one of the last living links to the organic traditions of directing an Italian opera house. From 1987 to 1991 he was in charge of Italian repertoire at the Vienna State Opera.

Respected by musicians the world over, he guest-conducted 120 orchestras.

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