Barenboim mourns key aide, 43

The chief dramaturg of the Berlin State Opera, Jens Schroth, died on Wednesday of cancer at the age of 43.

Schroth, who had been with the Staatsoper since 2006, was pivotal in the planning and presentation of operas. A composer himself, he taught at the Hanns Eisler academy and cultivated close relations with Germany’s leading creative personalities.

There is widespread shock and sadness at his untimely passing.

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