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He succeeded Arturo Toscanini at La Scala in 1929 and stayed there until shortly before his death. A highly regarded technician at the podium, he conducted many important world premières, Ottorino Respighi's Belfagor, for instance.
- Phillip Scott, "Claudio Abbado: The Legacy", Limelight, March 2014, p. 52
- Harold Rosenthal and John Warrack: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera. OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1979