Johannes Schaaf

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Johannes Schaaf (born April 7, 1933 in Stuttgart ; † November 1, 2019 in Murnau am Staffelsee ) was a German director and actor .


The son of a police superintendent studied medicine in Tübingen and Berlin. In the 1950s he became an actor and assistant director at the Schauspielhaus Stuttgart. In 1958 he went to the Ulm Theater , where he directed for the first time. In 1962 he moved to Bremen.

In the 1960s, Schaaf became known through numerous film and television productions. His film Tattoo in 1967 was one of the first to address the generational conflict at the beginning of the student revolt . In addition, he has repeatedly worked as an actor in various productions. As an actor he appeared in Rainer Erler cowslips , in (1961) The Seagull (1963), every year by Ulrich Schamoni (1967), Jaider, the lone hunter (directed by Volker Vogeler, 1970), the wrong weight (directed : Bernhard Wicki, 1970), Im Reservat (director: Peter Beauvais, 1973), Der Kommissar - Fall from a great height (director: Michael Braun, 1975), When I'm afraid (director: Christian Rischert, 1983). In 1969 he was appointed jury president of the Berlinale 1969 .

In 1980/81, Schaaf and the set designer Wilfried Minks were on the board of directors of the participation model at the Frankfurt theater for a short time .

He has specialized in theater and opera productions since the 1980s. He staged at the Burgtheater in Vienna , the Schiller Theater in Berlin , the Residenztheater in Munich and at the Salzburg Festival ( Leonce and Lena , Nathan the Wise , The Great Day of Beaumarchais ). Since the mid-1980s he has increasingly devoted himself to opera productions, including a. at the Salzburg Festival with Capriccio (1985), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1987) and Die Zauberflöte in Mozart's year 1991. At the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London he staged Idomeneo and a cycle of the three Da Ponte operas. For the Vienna State Opera he staged Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1987 (conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt ) and Così fan tutte by Mozart in 1989 (conductor Harnoncourt). He also directed at the Bavarian State Opera and De Nederlandse Opera as well as at the State Theater Stuttgart : Lady Macbeth von Mzensk , Wozzeck , Rigoletto , Simon Boccanegra , Hansel and Gretel , Falstaff and Pique Dame .

At the Bavarian State Opera in Munich he interpreted a. a. Boris Godunow , whom he also rehearsed for the opening of the New Opera in Tel Aviv. In Stockholm he brought out a new production of Othello . In Amsterdam he directed Fidelio , Die Fledermaus , Eugene Onegin and King Roger by Karol Szymanowski. At the Zurich Opera, Johannes Schaaf worked on Verdi's Aida and a much acclaimed new version of Weber's Oberon . Così fan tutte was the second new production by Johannes Schaaf at the Aalto-Theater Essen after Le nozze di Figaro . In 2009 he directed Tosca at the Semperoper in Dresden.

Johannes Schaaf lived and worked with the actress Rosemarie Fendel . From 1984 until her death in January 2019 he was married to the opera singer Stella Kleindienst . Schaaf died in November 2019 at the age of 86.

In 1967 and 1971 Schaaf was awarded the German Critics' Prize. In 1966 he received special recognition for Große Liebe at the television film award of the German Academy of Performing Arts .

His archive is located in the archive of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.



Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Johannes Schaaf on, accessed on August 21, 2016
  2. Johannes Schaaf Archive Inventory overview on the website of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.