Death of a German music director

Death of a German music director


norman lebrecht

December 14, 2014

Hans Wallat, who has died after a long illness aged 85, was general music director at the opera houses of Mannheim (1970-80), Dortmund (1980-85) and Düsseldorf/Duisburg (1986-96). He conducted more than 90 Ring cycles and guested at Bayreuth, Vienna, the Bolshoi and the Met.

hans wallat


  • 2nd violinist says:

    I’m very sorry to hear of his death. I had the good fortune to be allowed to watch some of his rehearsals as well as performances at Deutsche Oper am Rhein and he came across as a real musician’s musician. A conductor who knew his scores inside out, obviously loved what he did, understood totally that unique species – the opera singer – and last but not least was highly respected by those he worked with.

    RIP Maestro Wallat

  • Michael Schaffer says:

    I played Bruckner 8 under him once. He was a very good, very professional and unpretentious conductor.