Götz Friedrich

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Götz Friedrich, 1975

Götz Friedrich (born August 4, 1930 in Naumburg ; † December 12, 2000 in Berlin ) was a German director and theater director .


Götz Friedrich was initially a student at the (then East) Berlin Komische Oper , later an employee of Walter Felsenstein and then director (senior director). As early as the 1960s, he was staging in western countries, for example in Bremen and in 1972 also at the Bayreuth Festival ( Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser ). In November 1972 Friedrich did not return to the GDR after a guest performance in Stockholm . He then worked as a director at the Hamburg State Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London.

From 1981 to 2000 he was General intendant and chief director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin . He was also chief director at the Hamburg State Opera , director of the Theaters des Westens in Berlin (1984–1993), principal producer at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London and from 1993 first guest director at the Royal Stockholm Opera . In 1986 he was the initiator of The American Berlin Opera Foundation (ABOF) based in New York City .

Since 1973 he has taught as a professor for musical theater directing at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater in cooperation with the University of Hamburg . He founded the course together with August Everding .

Friedrich has worked with numerous well-known outfitters, including Toni Businger, Rudolf Heinrich , Reinhart Zimmermann , Ernst Fuchs , Karl-Ernst Herrmann , Wilfried Minks , Josef Svoboda , Jan Skalicky , Günther Schneider-Siemssen , Jürgen Rose , Günther Uecker , Andreas Reinhardt , Herbert Wernicke , Erich Wonder , Pet Halmen , Peter Sykora , Hans Schavernoch and Gottfried Pilz .


In his first marriage Götz Friedrich was married from 1953 to 1962 to the actress Ruth Maria Kubitschek , whom he had met during his studies at the German Theater Institute (Stanislawski Institute) in Weimar . In this marriage, the son Alexander was born in 1957. Friedrich was then married to the dancer Sighilt Pahl , who was even allowed to travel with him from the GDR to Stockholm in 1972. From Friedrich's third marriage to the soprano Karan Armstrong comes his son Johannes (* 1983).


Friedrich's grave is located in the forest cemetery Zehlendorf , since November 2010 it has been an honorary grave of the State of Berlin .

Memberships, honors

Charlottenburg Götz-Friedrich-Platz next to the Deutsche Oper

The Götz Friedrich Prize has been awarded to young directors in the field of opera since 1998 . The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros and is awarded by the Götz Friedrich Foundation .

The Goetz-Friedrich-Platz next to the Theater was named on June 14 of 2008.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Karlheinz Klimt : A new class - memories and evaluations of someone who was there in the school gate. Projekt-Verlag Cornelius, Halle / Saale 2009, pp. 37–41, ISBN 978-3-86634-819-6 .
  2. Honorary Senators of the University of Hamburg ( Memento from December 8, 2015 in the Internet Archive )