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Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor

GENEVA -- Armin Jordan, a Swiss conductor who led opera houses throughout Europe and North America in performances of Mozart and Wagner, died Wednesday, five days after collapsing during a performance. He was 74.

Mr. Jordan collapsed last Friday while conducting Prokofiev's ``The Love for Three Oranges" in the Swiss city of Basel. He was taken to a hospital but was discharged over the weekend, said Steve Roger, a spokesman for the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, which Mr. Jordan once headed.

Mr. Jordan conducted widely in recent years across Europe, the Far East and the United States, including at the Mostly Mozart festival in New York in 1992 and 1994.

He also continued to conduct in Geneva after giving up his post of musical director of the OSR in 1997, leading Geneva's Grand Theatre in productions of ``Cosi fan tutte," ``La Boheme" and ``Don Giovanni."

The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande said in a statement it felt ``immense sadness" at his death.

His son, Philippe, is also a conductor and has appeared at New York's Metropolitan Opera, including in Carmen last year. Mr. Jordan also leaves his wife, Kate, and daughter, Pascale.

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