NEW YORK (AP) Martin Rich, a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, died Monday. He was 95.
Rich was affiliated with the Met for 26 years and performed around the world with conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Bruno Walter and William Steinberg.
Rich was born on Oct. 8, 1905, in Breslau, Germany. He studied with composer Franz Schrecker in Berlin and began conducting opera and symphonic works in Dortmund.
Born to a Jewish family, Rich left Germany in 1933, living in Italy until arriving in the United States in 1937.
He joined the Met as an assistant conductor in 1950, making his debut in 1955.
After conducting 24 works, including operas by Mozart and Verdi, and working with performers such as Joan Sutherland, Rich left the Met in 1976.
From 1970 to 1986, Rich was the music director of the Philharmonic Symphony of Westchester in Hartsdale, N.Y.