Director Flimm died – Scholz appreciates confidence

The director and director Jürgen Flimm is dead. He died on Saturday at the age of 81 in Hamelwörden northwest of Hamburg, as the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden announced.

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz paid tribute to Flimm. “Be it theatre, opera, TV or cinema – Jürgen Flimm has renewed and shaped the stages as a director and artistic director – in Hamburg, the Ruhr area, Salzburg, Bayreuth, Berlin,” wrote the SPD politician on his Twitter account. »His big heart, his confidence and his fine sense of humor will now be missed.«

Berlin’s Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer wrote on Twitter: “Although at home artistically all over the world and professionally connected to many German stages, he always radiated the open and humorous nature of his Rhenish homeland. It was precisely his sense of humor and his openness that made Jürgen Flimm a close advisor and good friend in my early years as a senator.«

The manager of the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, Joachim Lux, spoke of a passionate theater person. “Jürgen Flimm was one of the outstanding directors of the republic, art-loving, sly and in love with the public,” Lux told the dpa in Hamburg. Flimm headed the Hamburg theater from 1985 to 2000. ‘He would throw himself in front of his Thalia like a lion whenever it was necessary, and it wasn’t uncommon. In Cologne as well as in Hamburg, he repeatedly made artists possible who even outshined his own considerable fame – size is part of that.«

Brosda: Flimm war Theaterlegende

Hamburg’s Senator for Culture, Carsten Brosda, described Flimm as a theater legend. »Jürgen Flimm not only shaped the Thalia Theater. As President of the Theater Association and on many stages, he left important artistic marks with his unrestrained creativity and captivating joy in storytelling. He will be missed!” tweeted the SPD politician.

Born on July 17, 1941 to a Protestant family of doctors in Gießen, Flimm studied theater studies, German and sociology in Cologne. He began his directing career in 1968 as an assistant to Fritz Kortner and Claus Peymann at the Munich Kammerspiele. As a theater director he earned merits in Cologne from 1979 to 1985. As artistic director, he made the Thalia Theater the best-attended stage in Germany.

Flimm directed the Ruhrtriennale and the Salzburg Festival (2006-2010). From 2010 to 2018 he was director of the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden. He has worked at La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals, among others.

He was also a director in film and television productions and also worked as an actor.

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