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Renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim signs on for another 10 years at Berlin opera
BERLIN (AP) ' The city of Berlin says renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim has signed a new contract to remain musical director of its Staatsoper opera house for another decade.
The Israeli-Argentinean conductor has been in the role since 1992.
Mayor Klaus Wowereit said Wednesday the new contract for the 68-year-old would take effect when his current one expires at the end of the month.
The famous opera's 19th-century home on Unter den Linden boulevard in what used to be East Berlin is currently under construction and will reopen at the beginning of the 2014-2015 season.
The Staatsoper has moved across town to the Schiller Theater during the restoration work.
It's one of three major opera houses in the German capital.