Croatian conductor Vjekoslav Sutej dies aged 58

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Posted: Dec 02, 2009 11:44 AM

Croatian conductor Vjekoslav Sutej, who led orchestras in the United States, Italy and Spain and worked with Placido Domingo and Montserrat Caballe, died on Wednesday. He was 58.

Sutej had been diagnosed last year with leukemia and died in a clinic in Croatia's capital, according to the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, which Sutej had led since 2003.

Sutej began his career in the late 1980s as art director of the Hollybush Festival in New Jersey. He later worked as art director of the Gran Teatro Fenice in Venice, Italy, and of the Houston Grand Opera in Texas.

He was a Vienna State Opera conductor and led four Christmas concerts with Domingo and Jose Carreras.

Last year he was treated in a Seattle hospital.