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Gerard Mortier, European opera impresario, dead at 70
Gerard Mortier, European opera impresario, dead at 70

Gérard Mortier, the colorfully cosmopolitan opera impresario from Belgium whose taste for edgy, risk-taking productions earned him admiration around the world, has died. He was 70. Mortier died Saturday at in his residence in Brussels, according to a spokesman for Madrid's Teatro Real, where Mortier served as artistic director until last year. No cause of death was given, but Mortier had recently undergone treatment for pancreatic cancer. In a four-decade career that took him to prominent European companies, Mortier forged a reputation for shaking up the operatic profession by embracing new works and hiring directors with strong visions who reinterpreted the classics in...

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