Friday, November 1, 2013

RIP Peter Herden


Dresden actor and singer Peter Herden has died.
 
He appeared more than 400 times in the 1960s and 1970s as Henry Higgins in " My Fair Lady" on stage at the Dresden State Operetta. Peter sang and acted and thus was remembered in the hearts of the audience. He has died at the age of 95 years.
 
The Dresden actor Peter Herden is dead the Dresden State Operetta announced on Friday that he died on Wednesday October 30, 2013 at the age of 95. "The ensemble of the National Opera mourns the death of a great actor and singer, whose name is inscribed in the history of the opra house," it said in the statement. Herden from was an ensemble member of the State Theatre of Dresden since 1949. Since 1963, he had performed several times at the National Opera. His great popularity was owed mainly to the role of Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady," which he appeared in sang a total of 440 times from 1965 to 1978.
 
In the GDR premiere of the musical classic, directed by Fritz Steiner, he stood with Marita Böhme and Maja Rose on stage. Among other plays Herden could be seen in the gay classic "A Glass of Water" as Enrico Venutti in the then frequently played musical "Enrico 61" and Henry St. John. He directed the world premiere of the musical comedy "Autumn Storm" by Henry Krtschil.
 
His official farewell to the stage for Herden was in 2000. For the presentation of Willie Clark in Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" of the then 81 year-old received much applause from the audience. "My heart and my artistic home was Dresden and the Dresden State Theatre ", he thanked his fans.
 
2007 saw Herden again at the anniversary gala "Legends" in the State Operetta in the direction of Wolfgang Schaller who awarded him an honorary membership of the National Opera.

 
HERDEN, Peter
Born: 5/5/1918, Plön, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Died: 10/30/2013, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
 
Peter Herden’s western – actor:
Karl May 1992 (Professor of Ophthalmology)

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