Death of a multitalented opera chiefmain
Pavel Fieber, who started out as an actor after voice training by Leonie Rysanek, went on to head the state theatres at Ulm and Karlsruhe before his death last week at 78. The Czech Communists declared him persona non grata for promoting dissident artists.
Fieber was one of those rare company chiefs who would come downstairs when time permitted and take a role in a musical or opera. His former partner tells us that he played five instruments and spoke seven languages. He particularly relished playing klezmer. His last TV role was as father of Sigmund Freud.
They don’t make them like that any more.