Tietjen, Heinz

BORN 24 Jun 1881, Tanger - DIED 30 Nov 1967, Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg
GRAVE LOCATION Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg: Stadtfriedhof

Heinz Tietjen was a pupil of Arthur Nikisch. When he was 23 he became producer at the opera house in Trier and in 1907 he became it's director (until 1922). From 1919 until 1922 he was also director of the opera's of Saarbrücken and Breslau.

In 1925 he became the director of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra (until 1927) and subsequently of the Prussian State Theatre. Although the nazis initially didn't trust him, Hermann Göring asked him as early as 1932 if he would be willing to keep his position in Berlin. After the nazis came to power he fired many people, among them the communist Hans Otto.

From 1931 to 1944 he was also artistic director at Bayreuth, where he was romantically involved with Winnifred Wagner (Siegfried Wagner had died in 1930). After the war he scolded the Wagners, but in later years he was again in contact with Winnifred. He had to undergo a denazification trial, but it was decided that he was innocent and he was allowed to continue his career.

From 1948 to 1954 he was the director of the Städtischen Oper Berlin and from 1956 until 1959 he directed the Staatsoper in Hamburg where his production of Wagner's "Ring" was very successful. In 1959 he retired. His second wife Liselott (b.1911) was a solo dancer at the State Opera in Berlin. They married in 1946. After his death in 1967 in Baden-Baden she continued to live there and in 2015 she was still alive.

Related persons
• was pupil to Nikisch, Arthur
• has a connection with Otto, Hans
• cooperated with Preetorius, Emil
• cooperated with Wagner-Williams, Winnifred


The grave of Heinz Tietjen at the Stadtfriedhof, Baden-Baden.
Picture by Androom (31 Aug 2008)


• Aubert, Joachim, Handbuch der Grabstätten berühmter Deutscher, Österreicher und Schweizer, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1975
• Hamann, Brigitte, Winifred Wagner oder Hitlers Bayreuth, Piper, München, 2003
Lexikon: Tietjen, Heinz

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Published: 13 Sep 2008
Last update: 15 Feb 2022