Vienna Opera mourns a chorusmaster

Vienna Opera mourns a chorusmaster


norman lebrecht

March 19, 2020

Ernst Dunshirn died on Tuesday after a long illness. He was 85.

He was first chorus director at the Vienna Opera 1997 to 2007, also working at the Salzburg Festival and at Bayreuth.

His wife, Donna Ellen, was also a member of the Vienna ensemble.


  • Fabio Luisi says:

    A loyal and competent chorus master. He will be missed.

  • Don Ciccio says:

    He was occasionally present in the pit as well. The Vienna State Opera archives shows him conducting Rienzi 15 times.