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Italian Conductor of Munich Opera and Orchestra Dies

May 30, 1989

MUNICH, West Germany (AP) _ Italian conductor Giuseppe Patane collapsed on stage during a performance of the Munich City Opera and died today at a local hospital, officials said. He was 57.

Patane apparently suffered a heart attack while conducting a new arrangement of the opera ″The Barber of Seville,″ late Monday, Bavarian Radio said in a statement released to other news media. He was rushed to a local hospital where he died several hours later.

Patane, who was chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, regularly conducted performances of the City Opera. He also frequently directed productions of the Bavarian National Theater.

Patane, who was born in Naples, Italy on Jan. 1, 1932, began playing piano at the age of six. He made his debut as a 19-year-old conducter in Naples with a performance of Verdi’s ″La Traviata.″

Over the next 10 years he served as understudy to such renowned conductors as Victor De Sabata, Antonio Guarnieri, Tullio Serafin and Gabriele Santini.

In 1961, Patane became the first Italian to conduct Richard Wagner’s ″Lohengrin″ at the Opera in Linz, Austria, and in 1962 he took over as conductor of the German Opera in Berlin.

Patane’s reputation as a master concert director later led him to guest appearances in such halls as the La Scala in Milan, the Vienna National Opera in Austria, and the Royal Covent Garden in London.

In 1970 he was named best Italian conductor, and in the following years he was hailed for his guest appearances in San Francisco, Chicago and at the New York Metropolitan.

According to Bavarian Radio spokesman Rainer Tief, Patane knew 1,500 musical scores from memory, including 250 operas.

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