Claudio Abbado, an Italian conductor whose wide-ranging mastery of symphonic and operatic repertory and attention to detail drew comparisons to more famous maestros Carlo Mario Giulini, Arturo Toscanini and Herbert von Karajan, has died. He was 80.
A former music director of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the London Philharmonic, the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic, Abbado died Monday at his home in Bologna, the mayor's office announced.
The cause was not given, but Abbado underwent surgery for stomach cancer in 2000.
One of his last notable concerts was leading Mahler's Third Symphony — at 13/4 hours, the longest in the standard repertory — with the...