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Revolutionary opera director Gerard Mortier dies



BRUSSELS (AP) - Gerard Mortier, the Belgian opera director whose nonconformist style often grated the tradition-bound elite and who worked tirelessly to bring the art closer to the public, has died. He was 70.

Belgium's prime minister made the announcement Sunday, and media said Mortier died after a protracted battle with pancreatic cancer.

A baker's son from humble background, Mortier was enchanted with opera from a young age and tried to revolutionize it at revered institutions, from the National Opera of Belgium to the Salzburg Festival.

Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo called Mortier a "visionary and generous personality."

The artist became the director of Belgium's National Operation, known as La Monnaie in 1981, steering it away from "bourgeois" entertainment and to international recognition and acclaim.

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cyberbeano March 09 2014 at 11:15 AM

seems like peoples' pancreas (not sure of spelling) increasingly wears out faster than other internal organs. I'm not any kind of doctor but this organ I believe has to do with regulating sugar in the blood, so maybe its being gummed up with the modern Western diet of sweets and other toxins. God bless his soul, which never wears out.

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Walt cyberbeano March 09 2014 at 12:55 PM

ACTUALLY IT IS THE EYES....GOOD AND TALLENTED MAN, SEEMS LIKE THE WICKED LIVE FOR EVER, AND PEOPOLE LIKE MORTIER, AND PAVORITTI GO WAY TOO SOON.

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Shelley March 09 2014 at 11:51 AM

Bless

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sbettybooi March 09 2014 at 12:12 PM

God comfort, and bless his family. Sounds like a very good human being who strived to make a positive difference in the world.

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johnvailati86 March 09 2014 at 1:26 PM

Im 70 anything else age wise "thank you"

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