Brandt, Carl

STAGE TECHNICIAN (GERMANY)
BORN 15 Jun 1828, Darmstadt, Hessen - DIED 27 Dec 1881, Darmstadt, Hessen
REAL NAME Brandt, Johann Friedrich Christoph Carl
GRAVE LOCATION Darmstadt, Hessen: Alter Friedhof, Ramstädter Strasse (I-D-62)

Carl Brandt was a pupil of Ignaz Dorn in Darmstadt. He was the technician of the theatre in Darmstadt and his fame spread over Germany. His first important project was for "Oberon" by Weber. He was especially good in quick changes of scene and in pyrotechnics and he often collaborated with his brother Friedrich (1846-1927).

Between 1857 and 1881 he modernized the stages of 24 theatres, among them the Hoftheater in Munich and the Victoriatheater in Berlin. Richard Wagner visited him in 1871 in Darmstadt and asked him to do the special effecs for his "Ring des Niebelungen". He would also do the effects for "Parsifal" but he died before it was staged in 1882. His son Fritz took over and for a while Fritz was engaged with Wagner's stepdaughter Daniela.

Related persons
• worked for Wagner, Richard

Sources
• Marek, George R., Cosima Wagner, Ein Leben für ein Genie, Knaur, München, 1993
• Schneider, Carlo, Die Friedhöfe in Darmstadt, Eduard Roether, Darmstadt, 1991

Images

The grave of Carl Brandt at the Alter Friedhof, Darmstadt.
Picture by Androom (29 Apr 2013)

 


Brandt, Marianne

Published: 11 May 2013
Last update: 11 May 2013