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German composer Hans Werner Henze, whose prolific and wide-ranging work included a wealth of operas and 10 symphonies, died Saturday, his publisher said. He was 86.
Life was surely imitating art _ or at least inspiring it _ during the time that Hans Werner Henze worked on his latest opera, "Phaedra."
His operas ranged from the 1950s "Ein Landarzt" ("A Country Doctor"), based on a story by Franz Kafka, to "L'Upupa," written in 2002 and the only opera for which Henze wrote his own libretto.
Henze had written most of the music for Act 1, which ends with the deaths of both characters, when in 2005 he was stricken by an unexplained illness that left him comatose for weeks.