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Saturday, 21 April, 2001, 09:40 GMT 10:40 UK
Conductor Sinopoli dies on stage

The renowned Italian conductor, Giuseppe Sinopoli, has died on stage a from a heart during a performance at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.

He dropped his baton and collapsed from the rostrum during the third act of Verdi's Aida.

Members of the orchestra went to his aid, but he was dead before reaching hospital.

Sinopoli, who was fifty-four, was born in Venice.

He studied music there, and in Germany and Austria, going on to conduct at most of the world's major opera houses, and at the Bayreuth festival in Germany.

As well as being a conductor and composer, Sinopoli was also a medical doctor.

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