The conductor passed away on 9 July (15) in Manhattan, New York.

A cause of death has not been determined, but Stratta reportedly suffered strokes and a heart attack prior to his passing.

Stratta migrated to the U.S. from Italy in 1959 and landed a job in a Columbia Records pressing plant in Long Island, New York.

In 1963, he became the manager of the label's international artists-and-repertoire division and went on to work with artists including Chaka Khan, Ray Charles, Lena Horne and Dave Brubeck.

He also produced Tony Bennett's The Art of Excellence and Barbra Streisand's Je m'appelle Barbra.

In addition to his production work, Stratta conducted the London, Melbourne and Royal Philharmonic symphony orchestras and released records as the leader of his own orchestra, Fantasy Strings.