Berghaus, Ruth

BORN 2 Jul 1927, Dresden, Sachsen - DIED 25 Jan 1996, Zeuthen, Brandenburg (near Berlin)
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Chausseestrasse (CH (1. Weg li., li. S.))

Ruth Berghaus studied choreography at the Palucca School in Dresden, where the famous Gret Palucca was her teacher. She continued her studies at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. In 1951 she debuted as a director at the Deutschen Staatsoper in East Berlin. In 1954 she married the composer Paul Dessau.

From 1964 onwards she worked for the Berliner Ensemble, where she had her first success with "Coriolan". In 1971 she succeeded Helene Weigel as the leader of the Berliner Ensemble. In 1977 she became director at the Deutschen Staatsoper until she moved to the Opera of Frankfurt am Main in 1980 where she worked until 1987.

In 1985 she directed Alban Berg's "Wozzeck" in Prague and in 1988 Berg's "Lulu" in Brussels. Her last production was "Die Fledermauss" by Johann Strauss in Leiopzig (1995).

• Husband: Dessau, Paul (1954-1979)


The grave of Ruth Berghaus at the Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (26 Mar 2007)


Ruth Berghaus - Wikipedia

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Published: 26 Sep 2010
Last update: 21 Mar 2021