The Paris Opera pays tribute to the great conductor who passed away today.
Claudio Abbado was one of recent decades' quintessential musicians both in concert and at the opera house. He championed composers as diverse as Rossini and those of his own times, like Rihm, Kurtag and his friend Luigi Nono. Alongside his positions as director in London, Vienna and Berlin, perhaps his most important role was that of musical director of La Scala Milan from 1968 to 1986. It was during that period that Claudio Abbado conducted two major series of performances at the Paris Opera: the legendary Simon Boccanegra staged by Giorgio Strehler in 1978 and Luca Ronconi's production of Wozzeck in 1979. He leaves an immense recording legacy, from Pergolesi to Schoenberg, from Beethoven to Mahler and from Carmen to Khovantchina and Don Carlos.