Thomas Fulton, 44, a conductor at New York's Metropolitan Opera who directed more than 20 operas. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Fulton studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Eugene Ormandy and then worked as an associate conductor of the San Francisco Opera. Fulton made his debut at the Met in 1981. His last public appearance was in June when he conducted "Tosca" in New York's Central Park. In addition to his work in New York, Fulton was a popular guest conductor in France and Germany as well as in U.S. cities, including San Diego. He was also an associate conductor of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Ravinia Festival, the Opera Company of Boston and EMI Records. On Thursday in Milan, Italy, of kidney failure.
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