Opera, once for life

  • Klaus-Peter Kehr in conversation with Jörg Tröger
  • In dialogue

Klaus-Peter Kehr shaped musical theater in Germany as an opera dramaturge, opera director and festival director. His ideas and experience are still in demand – from Palermo to Berlin. He has staged more than 30 world premieres, from Philip Glass to Adriana Hölszky to Salvatore Sciarrino. His name also stands for the rediscovery of historical stage works. In a conversation with culture editor Jörg Tröger, he talks about prima donnas and heroic tenors, about faithfulness to the original and director’s theater, about audiences and repertoires, and also about the question of what opera can mean to us today.

Klaus-Peter Kehr was born in Heidelberg and, in addition to his numerous theater positions at major German opera houses such as Mannheim, Stuttgart, Bonn and Cologne, he was also music director at the Wiener Festwochen. He has also taught at various universities, including the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, the University of Vienna and the Berlin University of the Arts.

Moderation and discussion: Jörg Tröger, former managing editor at SWR.

Fotos v.l.n.r.: Privat; Hentschel

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