Joachim Herz


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(b Dresden, 1924; d Leipzig, 2010).

Ger. producer. Worked with Dresden Touring Opera 1951–3, was Felsenstein's ass. at Berlin Komische Oper 1953–6. Cologne Opera 1956–7; dir. Leipzig Opera 1957–76. Intendant Berlin Komische Oper 1976–81; prin. dir. of prod., Dresden Opera 1981–90. Among his famous prods. were Albert Herring (Dresden 1955), Der fliegende Holländer (Bolshoy, Moscow, 1963), and Guillaume Tell (Buenos Aires 1966). His Ring cycle at Leipzig 1973–6 stressed what Herz saw as capitalist oppression and class distinctions. Brit. début ENO 1975; WNO 1978 (Madama Butterfly, restoring some of orig, mus. and much anti‐Amer. sentiment).

Subjects: Music.

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