Summary: former general director of the San Francisco Opera for 13 years from 1988 to 2001 who had left his native country Iran to study medicine, but music won out where he was responsible for many ambitious productions, including the first local performances of several Russian masterpieces.
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer
Born: June 15, 1929
Died: August 30, 2013
Location: San Francisco, California