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Opera composer Daniel Catan dies aged 62

Mexican composer Daniel Catan, best known for his operatic adaptation of Italian film Il Postino for the Los Angeles Opera, has died aged 62.

The Mexico City native had been in Austin working on an opera commissioned by the University of Texas.

Il Postino, sung in Spanish, starred Placido Domingo and won rave reviews when it opened last year.

Catan also composed symphonies and the score to 1998 film I'm Losing You, starring Frank Langella.

He had been working on an opera based on the 1941 Frank Capra film Meet John Doe.

In 1994 Catan became the first Mexican composer to have his opera performed in the US when the San Diego Opera produced Rappaccini's Daughter.

The cause of death has not been released.

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