Tragic death of leading French opera chief, 47

Tragic death of leading French opera chief, 47


norman lebrecht

May 30, 2019

L’Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, France, has announced the death this morning of its director Eva Kleinitz, of an unspecified long illness, reportedly cancer.

Eva, who was about 47, joined the company in September 2017 and continued working to the end.

Originally from Hannover, she arrived in Strasbourg from a successful stint at Stuttgart Opera and made an immediate impact with her positive attitude and artistic connections.

She will be sorely missed.


  • We privatize your value says:

    She was either 46 or 47, depending on the sources, but she was born in 1972, that’s for sure.
    A most tragic loss.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Absolutely terrible; brain cancer. My cousin’s daughter is a specialist physician who says the link between phone technology and brain cancer is compelling. Never put these things near your head!!! The technology companies will tell you there’s ‘no evidence’, but remember tobacco…!!

    • olivia temple says:

      People are in denial about this – if only there was more honesty about the dangers. Such a terribly sad loss and waste of an inspirational life.

  • Steve Orlowski says:

    So sad. Was just there in April for a magnificent performance of Der Freischutz

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Beautiful woman. Her face just radiated sincerity. So sad for our world’s loss – I’m sure she was an excellent Director.

    • We privatize your value says:

      Indeed, she was. The Stuttgart opera and the Strasbourg opera, where she worked, are not as highly rated as La Scala or Die Staatsoper, but they are excellent houses nonetheless. And she contributed to their excellence.