Ger­man op­er­atic di­rec­tor Lehn­hoff dead at age 76

The China Post - - ARTS -

Niko­laus Lehn­hoff, one of Ger­many’s lead­ing opera di­rec­tors, has died at the age of 76, the Ger­man news agency DPA re­ported on Thurs­day.

Lehn­hoff died on Satur­day af­ter a long ill­ness, DPA said, quot­ing his fam­ily.

The Hanover-born theatre di­rec­tor’s most re­cent stag­ings were Puc­cini’s “Turandot” at the world­fa­mous La Scala in Mi­lan in May and Fran­cis Poulenc’s “Di­a­logues des Carmelites” in Ham­burg.

He made his di­rect­ing de­but with Richard Strauss’ “Die Frau ohne Schat­ten” in Paris in 1972 and has worked at all of the world’s lead­ing opera houses, in­clud­ing Am­s­ter­dam, Ber­lin, Lon­don, Mu­nich, New York and Zurich.

A for­mer as­sis­tant to Richard Wag­ner’s grand­son, Wieland Wag­ner, at the leg­endary Bayreuth Fes­ti­val in Ger­many, Lehn­hoff also worked at the pres­ti­gious Salzburg Fes­ti­val in Aus­tria and at the Glyn­de­bourne opera fes­ti­val in Bri­tain.

Lehn­hoff was known and re­spected for swish, el­e­gant, but al­ways thought-pro­vok­ing stag­ings that avoided some of the provoca­tive ex­cesses of some of his more con­tro­ver­sial col­leagues.

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