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Walter Taussig, conductor and vocal coach who worked with such opera greats as Placido Domingo and Birgit Nilsson, died July 31 in Manhattan. He was 95.

Born in Vienna, Taussig studied with the composer Franz Schmidt and the conductor Robert Heger at the Music Academy in Vienna. His training included harmony, composition, piano and oboe.

Taussig, who liked to start from scratch when preparing singers for a role, coached Nilsson for “Elektra” and Domingo for “Parsifal.” He was a conductor and coach at theaters throughout Europe before conducting the Havana Philharmonic and working at the Montreal Opera, the Chicago Opera and the San Francisco Opera.

He joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1949 as an assistant chorus master and went on to become an associate conductor.

Taussig was also an assistant conductor at the Salzburg Festival for 18 years and worked as a coach for the record company Deutsche Grammophon.

He is survived by wife Lore and a daughter.