Conductor dies after collapsing
Conductor Stefan Soltesz is dead. The musician collapsed on Friday evening in Munich and was 73 years old.
Conductor Stefan Soltesz (1949-2022) has died aged 73. The Bavarian State Opera announced the sad news “with horror and great sadness” through their website known. The Hungarian-born Austrian musician fell into a depression on Friday evening (July 22) while conducting “The Silent Woman” by Richard Strauss (1864-1949) at the National Theater in Munich. He died the same evening. “Our hearts go out to his wife Michaela,” he continued.
The director of the Bavarian State Opera mourns the loss of a “good friend”
Serge Dorny (60), director of the Bavarian State Opera, gave his grief on Twitter Expression. “I am deeply saddened by the news of the collapse and death of Stefan Soltesz,” he wrote. “We are losing a gifted conductor. I am losing a good friend. My thoughts are with his wife Michaela.”
Stefan Soltesz was, among other things, permanent conductor at the Hamburg State Opera and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In the 1980s and 1990s he was general music director of the National Theater in Braunschweig, then chief conductor of the Flemish Opera in Antwerp and Ghent. From 1997 to 2013 Soltesz was artistic director of the Aalto Theater in Essen. He has also made appearances in operas around the world.