Heinz Fricke

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Heinz Fricke (11 February 1927 – 7 December 2015)[1][2] was a German conductor. From 1961 to 1992 he held the position of Generalmusikdirektor of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. He also worked at the Den Norske Opera. In 2010 Fricke announced his retirement after 18 years with the Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra (he was appointed to both in 1993). He was the honorary Music Director Emeritus of the WNO and the KCOHO.[3]


  1. ^ Midgette, Anne (8 December 2015). "Heinz Fricke, East German conductor who transformed WNO orchestra, dies at 88". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  2. ^ Holman, J.K., Wagner moments: a celebration of favorite Wagner experiences, p. 223, ISBN 1-57467-159-6
  3. ^ Desk, BWW News. "WNO and Kennedy Center Opera House Conductor Heinz Fricke Set to Retire". Retrieved 29 July 2017.

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