Otto Schenk

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Otto Schenk

Austrian actor, and theater and opera director add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1930.

Countries: Italy (21%), Germany (18%), Austria (18%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Der Rosenkavalier, Leonard Bernstein, The Magic Flute

Linked to: La Scala




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Otto Schenk was born in 1930 add something


His father, a lawyer, had Jewish roots and therefore lost his job after the Anschluss in 1938 add something


Salzburg Festival - His directing career began in 1953 at small Viennese venues, later leading him to renowned stages like the Burgtheater, the Munich Kammerspiele or the Salzburg Festival, staging plays by William Shakespeare, Arthur Schnitzler, Ödön von Horváth, Anton Chekhov add something


In 1957, Schenk directed his first opera, Mozart's "The Magic Flute" for the Salzburg Landestheater add something


His breakthrough as an opera director came in 1962 with Alban Berg's "Lulu" at the Theater an der Wien add something


Cesare Siepi - In 1967 Siepi was Don Giovanni in a controversially received production staged by Otto Schenk and designed by Luciano Damiani that showed Mozart's masterpiece in the light of the commedia dell'arte, emphasizing the comic and ironic elements of this opera


Schenk had debuted at the Met with Puccini's "Tosca" in 1968; his 2006 farewell production was Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" with Anna Netrebko add something


Leonard Bernstein - He returned to the State Opera in 1968 for a production of Der Rosenkavalier and in 1970 for Otto Schenk's production of Beethoven's "Fidelio"


During the 1970s and 1980s, Schenk was hired by La Scala, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and German opera houses such as the Berlin State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera and the Hamburg State Opera add something


In 1973 directed a film based on Schnitzler's "Der Reigen" add something


Leonard Bernstein - In 1978, Bernstein returned to the Vienna State Opera to conduct a revival of the Otto Schenk production of "Fidelio," now featuring Gundula Janowitz and Rene Kollo in the lead roles


Simon Estes - In 1986, he sang Wotan in the inauguration of the legendary Ring production at the Metropolitan Opera directed by Otto Schenk


Eberhard Wachter (baritone) - On DVD, the baritone can be seen in a 1987 "Die Fledermaus" from Munich, opposite Pamela Coburn, Janet Perry and Brigitte Fassbaender, conducted by Carlos Kleiber and directed by Otto Schenk


Luciana Serra - Vienna State Opera - In 1988, Serra debuted at the Vienna State Opera singing the Queen of the Night in a new production of "Die Zauberflöte" conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and staged by Otto Schenk


The production was retired from the Met in 2009 add something


In October 2010, Schenk returned to the Met to revive his "Don Pasquale" with Netrebko add something


In December 2010, he revived his "Rosenkavalier" at the Vienna State Opera add something


Kerstin Avemo - Royal Opera Stockholm - In 2010 to 2012 Avemo starred in Hosokawa's Hanjo directed by Calixto Bieito at the Ruhr triennial, Zerlina in "Don Giovanni" at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Sophie in "Der Rosenkavalier" in Otto Schenk's set in Geneva, Gilda in "Rigoletto" and Violetta in "La Traviata" in Weimar, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Gothenburg Opera and Adèle in "Die Fledermaus" at the Royal Opera Stockholm


Lily Brett - The stage adaptation of You Gotta Have Balls, titled Chuzpe in German, starring Otto Schenk, opened at the Kammerspiele theatre in Vienna in November 2012