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ROME (Kyodo) Conductor Hirofumi Yoshida will assume the post of music director in January at an opera house in Mantua, Italy, becoming the first Japanese to take such a post in the country where the art was born.

Yoshida, 40, has been working mainly in Italy since 2005 and now lives in Rome. He will become the music director at Teatro Sociale di Mantova, the theater’s general manager, Carlo Pesta, said.

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