Berlin, July 23 (EFE). Austro-Hungarian director Stefan Soltis died last morning, as a result of a breakdown he suffered while directing the opera “Die Schweigsame Frau” – “The Silent Woman” – by Richard Strauss at the National Theater in Munich.
“It is with great shock and sadness that we report the death of Stefan Soltis,” the Bavarian National Opera said in a statement issued on Saturday.
The general director of the Munich National Opera, Serge Dornei, also expressed his grief over the death of the master via his Twitter account.
“We’ve lost a teacher, and I’ve lost a good friend,” wrote Dorney, who conveyed his condolences to Soltes’ wife, Michaela.
According to the popular newspaper “Bild”, Soltis fell to the floor in a full performance, while the audience and on stage were asked to attend a doctor.
Born in Hungary in 1949, Soltesz developed his entire career in Austria, as well as at the Hamburg Opera and Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Antwerp and Geneva.
He was general manager of Essen Philharmonic in western Germany between 1993 and 2013 and has been closely associated with the Bavarian National Opera since 1995. EFE
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