|MUSICAL DIRECTOR (SWITZERLAND)|
BORN 20 Mar 1872, Kaiserstuhl, Aargau - DIED 15 Jan 1930, München, Bayern|
REAL NAME Beidler, Franz Philipp
GRAVE LOCATION Starnberg-Söcking, Bayern: Gemeindefriedhof, Friedhofstrasse
Franz Beidler was educated in St. Gallen before he visited the Musikschule in Weimar and the conservatory in Leipzig. From 1894 onwards he was engaged at the school of the Bayreuther Festspiele that was led by Julius Kniese. In 1896 he became musical assistant at the Festspiele. In 1900 he married Isolde von Bülow, whose real father was Richard Wagner. In 1901 they had a son, Franz Wilhelm Beidler.
From 1902 to 1905 he was Imperial Musical Director in Moscow. In 1905 he succeeded Kniese in Bayreuth. He also worked as a conductor at the Festspiele. Problems with the Wagner family started in 1906 when Cosima started to doubt if Beidler might be a suitable future festival leader. It resulted in a lawsuit of Isolde against her mother Cosima in 1913 about her rights as the oldest daughter of Richard Wagner. Cosima denied that Wagner was the father and Isolde lost the case.
In 1909 he had a daughter from the singer Emmy Burg-Zimmermann. His servant Walburga Rass (1894-1975) bore him two children, Franz Walther and Elsa Hildegard (b.1917). After Isolde's death in 1919 he married Walburga in 1922, much against the wishes of Franz Wilhelm. During the last part of his life he was a businessman.
Wife: Bülow, Isolde von (1900-1919)
quarreled with Wagner, Siegfried