Guest conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Verdi's Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s “Requiem”  in 2002. (AP Photo/Michael Manning)

A few days after announcing that he was too ill to continue conducting, the great Spanish conductor succumbed to cancer, age 80.

Adam Bernstein’s obituary for the Washington Post is here.