The director and director Jürgen Flimm is dead. He died on Saturday at the age of 81, as the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden announced. At first, among other things, Cologne City Gazette reported about it.
Born on July 17, 1941 to a Protestant family of doctors, Flimm studied theater studies, German and sociology in Cologne. He began his directing career in 1968 as an assistant to Fritz Kortner and Claus Peymann at the Munich Kammerspiele. As a theater director he earned merits in Cologne from 1979 to 1985. The Hamburg Thalia theatre as artistic director from 1985 to 2000, he made it the best-attended stage in Germany.
Flimm directed the Ruhrtriennale and the Salzburg Festival (2006-2010). From 2010 to 2018 he was director of the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden. He has worked at La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals, among others.
He received mixed reactions with his Bayreuth “Ring des Nibelungen”, as did his collaboration with Nikolaus Harnoncourt on Henry Purcell’s “King Arthur” in Salzburg. He was celebrated undividedly in New York with Beethoven’s “Fidelio”, which was named the best opera production of the year by the “New York Times”. He was also a director in film and television productions and also worked as an actor.