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Walter Felsenstein

Walter Felsenstein (May 30th, 1901 ViennaOctober 8th, 1975 Berlin) was a theater and opera director. May 30 is the 150th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (151st in leap years). ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Vienna (German: Wien ) is the capital of Austria, and also one of the nine States of Austria. ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Berlin is the capital city and a state of Germany. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan is one of the worlds most famous opera houses. ...


Felsenstein began his career at the Burgtheater in his birthcity of Vienna, and from 1923 to 1932 was a theater actor in Lübeck, Mannheim, and Bytom, where he first worked as a director. In Basel and Freiburg im Breisgau, he became closely acquainted with the contemporary concert hall. From 1932 to 1934 he worked as an opera director in Cologne, and from 1934 to 1936 at Frankfurt. He worked in Zurich from 1938 to 1940 and returned in 1940 to Germany, where he was active at the Berlin Schillertheater until 1944. Additionly, he worked as a guest director in Aachen, Duesseldorf, Metz, and Strasbourg. In 1942 he produced Le nozze di Figaro (Clemens Krauss conducting, sets and costumes by Stefan Hlawa) at the Salzburg Mozart festival. From 1945 to 1947 he worked at the Hebbeltheater in Berlin. In 1947 he created the Komische Oper in East Berlin, where he worked as director until his death. From 1956 on he was vice-president of the Germany Academy of Arts of the German Democratic Republic. Burgtheater (front) Burgtheater (side) Burgtheater (Main entrance) Burgtheater (right after its construction) The Burgtheater (en: Castle Theatre or Imperial Court Theatre), originally known as , then until 1920 as the , is the Austrias federal theatre in Vienna and one of the most important German language theatres in the world. ... Lübeck ( pronunc. ... Mannheim is a city in Germany. ... Bytom (pronounce: [bitÉ”m], German: Beuthen) is a city in southern Poland with 205,560 inhabitants (1999). ... Basel (British English traditionally: Basle and more recently Basel , German: Basel , French: Bâle , Italian, Spanish: Basilea and Czech: Basilej ) is Switzerlands third most populous city (166,563 inhabitants (2004); 690,000 inhabitants in the conurbation stretching across the immediate cantonal and national boundaries made Basel Switzerlands second... This article is about Freiburg in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. ... Köln redirects here. ... Main Station Frankfurt Frankfurt International Airport For other uses, see Frankfurt (disambiguation). ... Location within Switzerland   Zürich[?] (German pronunciation IPA: ; usually spelled Zurich in English) is the largest city in Switzerland (population: 366,145 in 2004; population of urban area: 1,091,732) and capital of the canton of Zürich. ... Aachen (French Aix-la-Chapelle, Dutch Aken, Latin Aquisgranum, Ripuarian Oche) is a spa city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on the border with Belgium and the Netherlands, 65 km to the west of Cologne, and the westernmost city in Germany. ... Düsseldorf in Germany The Düsseldorf Coat of Arms Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. ... For other uses of Metz, see Metz (disambiguation) City motto: Si paix dedans, paix dehors (French: If peace inside, peace outside) City proper (commune) Région Lorraine Département Moselle (57) Mayor Jean-Marie Rausch Area 41. ... City flag City coat of arms Coordinates : , Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) Administration Département Bas-Rhin (67) Région Alsace Mayor Fabienne Keller (UMP) (since 2001) Intercommunality Urban Community of Strasbourg City (commune) Characteristics Land Area 78. ... Le Nozze di Figaro, is a comic opera composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, based on a stage comedy by Beaumarchais. ... Clemens Krauss (born in Vienna, March 31, 1893 – buried at Mexico City, May 16, 1954) was an Austrian conductor famed for his interpretations of the music of Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner and other German composers. ... Flag of Salzburg Salzburg (population 145,000 in 2005) is a city in western Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg (population 520,000 in 2003). ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart; January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was a prolific and highly influential composer of Classical music. ... Berlin is the capital city and a state of Germany. ... The Komische Oper Berlin is an opera company in Berlin, Germany, which specializes in German-language productions of opera, operetta and musicals. ... East Berlin was the name given to the eastern part of Berlin between 1949 and 1990. ... Anthem: Auferstanden aus Ruinen Capital East Berlin, in spite of status as part of an occupied city Government Socialist republic  - Last Head of State Sabine Bergmann-Pohl  - Last Head of Government Lothar de Maizière History    - Creation 7 October 1949   - Abolition 3 October 1990  Area 108,333 km2 (41,827...


He translated and edited numerous operatic works into German, including Carmen (Georges Bizet, 1949) and La traviata (Giuseppe Verdi, 1955). Famous productions include Die Zauberflöte (Mozart, 1954), Les contes d'Hoffman (Jacques Offenbach, 1958), Otello (Verdi, 1959), Barbe-bleue (Offenbach 1961), The Cunning Little Vixen (Leoš Janáček, 1956), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Benjamin Britten). The foreign-language operas Felsenstein produced were not usually set in their original tongue, but in a German translation. Poster from the 1875 premiere of Carmen Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet. ... Georges Bizet Georges Bizet (October 25, 1838 – June 3, 1875) was a French composer and pianist of the romantic era. ... La traviata, an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, takes as its basis the novel La dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils, published in 1848. ... Giuseppe Verdi, by Giovanni Boldini, 1886 (National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome). ... Die Zauberflöte (en: The Magic Flute) is an opera in two acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart; January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was a prolific and highly influential composer of Classical music. ... Jacques Offenbach (20 June 1819 – 5 October 1880), composer and cellist, was one of the originators of the operetta form, a precursor of the modern musical comedy. ... Otello is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeares play Othello. ... The Cunning Little Vixen (Příhody LiÅ¡ky BystrouÅ¡ky, literally The Adventures of Vixen Sharp-Ears, in Czech) is an opera by LeoÅ¡ Janáček, with a libretto adapted by the composer from a serialized novella (daily comic) by Rudolf TÄ›snohlídek, which was first published in newspaper... LeoÅ¡ Janáček in 1928 LeoÅ¡ Janáček â–¶ (help· info) (July 3, 1854 in Hukvaldy, Moravia – August 12, 1928 in Ostrava) was a Czech composer. ... Benjamin Brittens A Midsummer Nights Dream is an opera based on the play of the same name by Shakespeare. ... Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH (November 22, 1913 – December 4, 1976) was a British composer, conductor, and pianist. ...


Felsenstein was one of the most important exponents of Regietheater, productions in which drama values came before musical ones. His most famous students were Götz Friedrich and Harry Kupfer both of whom went on to have important careers developing Felsenstein's work. Regietheater (in English, directors opera; more commonly producers opera) is a term that refers to the modern (essentially post-WWII) practice of allowing a director or producer such freedom in devising the way a given opera is staged that not only may the composers specific stage directions... German director known for his avant-garde productions of Wagner, which often got him into trouble under the former communist regime of East Germany. ...


Together with the "Komische Oper" troupe he visited the USSR a few times. In 1969 he directed the Russian language production of Carmen by Bizet at the "Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theater" in Moscow. In Moscow it was stated that his way of the opera staging was similar to the principles of Konstantin Stanislavsky. Russian (Russian: русский язык, russkiy yazyk, ) is the most widely spoken language of Eurasia and the most widespread of the Slavic languages. ... Poster from the 1875 premiere of Carmen Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet. ... Georges Bizet (October 25, 1838 – June 3, 1875), was a French composer of the romantic era best known for his opera Carmen. ... Location Position of Moscow in Europe Government Country District Subdivision Russia Central Federal District Federal City Mayor Yuriy Luzhkov Geographical characteristics Area  - City 1,081 km² Population  - City (2005)    - Density 10,415,400   8537. ... Konstantin (Constantin) Stanislavski (Константи́н Серге́евич Станисла́вский / Алексе́ев) (January 5, 1863...


He was awarded the National Prize of DDR in 1950, 1951, 1956, 1960, and 1970.


Opera director Siegfried Schoenbohm was one of his assistants.


Felsenstein died at age 74 in East Berlin. He is buried in a monastery on Hiddensee, an island in the Baltic Sea. Satellite Image of Hiddensee Lightfire at the Dornbusch Hiddensee is a carfree island in the Baltic Sea, located west of Rügen on the German coast. ... Map of the Baltic Sea. ...


 
 

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