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GRAMMY-winning Austrian conductor Julius Rudel died June 25 in New York. A cause of death has not yet been revealed. He was 93. After fleeing Nazi occupation with his family in 1938, Rudel joined the New York City Opera in 1944. He served as conductor and director of the City Opera from 1957–1979, during which time he nurtured young singers such as José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Mines, and Beverly Sills. Rudel was also the first music director of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., from 1971–1975. Rudel garnered seven GRAMMY nominations throughout his career, the first coming for 1971 for Best Opera Recording for Handel: Julius Caesar, which he recorded with the City Opera. He won a 1978 GRAMMY for Best Opera Recording for Lehar: The Merry Widow.
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