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The Salzburg Festival Mourns the Passing of Ivan Nagel

10 APR 2012

published in: General

The former theater director Ivan Nagel died on Monday at the age of 80 in Berlin, the Suhrkamp Publishing House announced today. Nagel had been Artistic Director of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg and also directed the Württemberg State Theater in Stuttgart. He offered a podium to directors and actors like Rudolf Noelte, Claus Peymann, Peter Zadek, Will Quadflieg, Ute Lemper and Barbara Sukowa. In 1998 he was Director of Drama at the Salzburg Festival for one season, where he left lasting programmatic traces despite his brief tenure – for example with the series “Poets in Residence”.

Most recently, Ivan Nagel was professor for the history and aesthetics of the performing arts at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Nagel wrote numerous books, including Autonomy and Mercy – On Mozart’s Operas and The Artist as Panderer – Goya’s Nude and Clothed Maja. Since 2010, his collected writings have been published by Suhrkamp. Nagel was a great enabler and was considered an “éminence gris of German theater,” without calling attention to himself. Nagel was born on June 28, 1931 in Budapest. Because of his Jewish descent, he had to go underground with his family in 1944. (Source: APA)