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Karl Böhm

Biography

Karl Böhm was one of the biggest conductors from the twentieth hundred years within the German custom. He examined music as a kid and continued to operate and research in music while offering within the Austrian Military during World Battle I — even though completing a doctorate in regulation. He coached performers in the Graz Opera and was allowed to carry out a efficiency of Nessler’s Der Trompeter von Sackingen. He never really had performing lessons, but produced close research of the task of both Bruno Walter and Carl Muck. In 1921 he was employed from the Bavarian Condition Opera in Munich, and he became Generalmusikdirektor both in Darmstadt (1927) and Hamburg (1931-1933). He obtained a status for his good shows of Mozart, Wagner, and Richard Strauss, in addition to his championing of contemporary German music, including operas by Krenek and Berg. Böhm debuted in Vienna in 1933, leading Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. In 1934 he became movie director from the Dresden Condition Opera, Richard Strauss’s preferred theatre. There, Böhm carried out premieres of Strauss’s Die schweigsame Frau (1935) and Dafne (1938). He continued to be in the helm in Dresden through 1943, of which stage he became movie director from the Vienna Condition Opera (1943-1945). Richard Strauss had not been in official favour, and Joseph Goebbels prohibited any reputation of the fantastic composer’s 80th birthday in 1944. Nevertheless, Böhm participated inside a de facto observance, as a lot of Strauss’s orchestral and operatic functions “just occurred” to become played about enough time from the birthday. Following the battle, Böhm was forbidden to execute until he underwent “de-Nazification,” an operation whereby prominent Austro-Germans had been looked into for complicity in Nazi offences. He was ultimately cleared of any suspicion, and was allowed to resume function in 1947. Böhm oversaw the German repertory in the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (1950-1953), and once again served as movie director from the Vienna Condition Opera (1954-1956). He debuted in america at New York’s Metropolitan Opera with Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 1957, and got prominent German orchestras and opera businesses on tour. The Vienna Philharmonic bestowed on him the name “Ehrendirigent,” and he was proclaimed Generalmusikdirector of Austria. He still left a legacy of several great recordings, including a comprehensive Wagner Ring routine regarded by many critics to become the very best. While his Wagner and Strauss had been sumptuously Intimate, his Mozart was scrupulously Classical in strategy.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth August 28, 1894
Died August 14, 1981, Salzburg, Austria
Profession Conductor
Education University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Nationality Austrian
Spouse Thea Linhard, Thea Linhard
Children Karlheinz Böhm
Awards Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, Grammy Award for Best Album for Children
Albums Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Wagner: Götterdämmerung, Strauss: Elektra (Stereo Version), Brahms, J.: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Backhaus) (1952), Richard Strauss: Elektra (München 1955), Brahms: Symphony No 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 (History Records - Classical Edition 41 - Original Recordings Digitally Remastered 2011 In Stereo), Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Stereo Version), Wagner: Die Walküre, Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Mono Version), Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Piano Concertos 19 & 23, R. Strauss: Elektra (Mono Version), Mozart: Requiem, K. 626 (Mono Version), Beethoven: Fidelio (Highlights), Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; Kindertotenlieder; 4 Rückert-Lieder, Ludwig Van Beethoven: Fidelio (New York 1960), Mozart: Don Giovanni, Wagner : Tannhauser, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail (Frankfurt 1956), Beethoven : Fidelio (Wien, 1955), Karl Böhm - The Early Years, Karl Böhm - Early Mozart and Strauss Recordings, Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser (Napoli 1956), Grandes Virtuosos De La Música: Karl Bohm, Vol.1, Bruckner: Symphonies Nos 4 & 5, Karl Böhm, Vol. 4, Christoph Willibald Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide [German version] (1961), Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8, Bach & Mozart: Hommage à Yehudi Menuhin, Elodokumente: Karl Böhm: Mozart / Beethoven / Weber, Bruckner : Symphony No8 [ed. Haas], Beethoven: Violin Concerto Op. 61 - Mozart: Symphony No. 35, Daphne, Karl Böhm & Eugen Jochum, Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Highlights) (Eloquence), Mozart: Don Giovanni (Napoli 1955), The Art Of Irmgard Seefried – Volume 2: Arias, Schubert: Sinfonie Nr.8 & 9 (Vol. 8), 50 Masterpieces Conducted by Karl Bohm, Symphony no. 3 "Eroica" / Symphony no. 9 / Overtures, Grandes Virtuosos De La Música: Karl Bohm, Vol.2, Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No.9, Mozart: Don Giovanni (Live Recording London 15.09.1954), Karl Böhm - Bruckner, Wagner, Grandes Virtuosos De La Música: Karl Bohm, Vol.3, Benatzky: Liebe im Schnee, Beethoven: Choral Fantasy, Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7, Beethoven: Fidelio (Metropolitan Opera), Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben & Tod Und Verklärung, Mozart: Symphonie No. 41, K. 551 "Jupiter"
Movies The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, Tristan und Isolde, Karl Böhm in Rehearsal and Performance: Vol. 1: Don Juan (Wiener Philharmoniker), Karl Bohm: Mozart: Symphonies III, Karl Bohm: Mozart: Symphonies I, Karl Bohm: Mozart: Symphonies II, Karl Böhm: Strauss: Salome


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#Fact
1 Is close friends with Romy Schneider, his co-star from the Sissi Trilogy.
2 Son of conductor Karl Böhm and soprano Thea Linhard.
3 Has been honorary citizen of Ethiopia since 2003.
4 During the shooting of Sissi (1955), Romy Schneider, then 16 years old, used to call him "Uncle Karlheinz", although he played her character's husband in the movie and was just 10 years her senior.
5 Grandfather of Florian Böhm.
6 Said on Beckmann (1999) the influence of director Rainer Werner Fassbinder changed his political attitude and evoked his interest in global problems (2005).
7 Is of Austrian nationality, but describes himself as a "world citizen".
8 Father of Sissi (born in 1955) from his first wife Elisabeth Zonewa; Kristina Böhm (born in 1959), Michael (born in 1960) and Daniela (born in 1961) from his second wife Gudula Blau and Katharina Böhm (born in 1964) from his third wife Barbara Lass. With his last wife, Almaz Böhm, he had the children Nicolas Böhm in (b. December 1990) and Aida Böhm (February 1993).
9 After losing a bet on the German TV show Wetten, dass..? (1981), he founded the charity organization "Menschen für Menschen", which has raised money for the people in Ethiopia since over 25 years.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Der Bergdoktor 1996 TV Series
Inflation im Paradies 1983 Guest
Ringstraßenpalais 1983 TV Series Bernie Artenberg
Kur in Travemünde 1979 TV Movie Manfred Angenendt
Tatort 1978 TV Series Dr. Ferdinand Prelinger
Die Tannerhütte 1976 TV Movie
Seniorenschweiz 1976 TV Movie
Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven 1975 Thälmann
Fox and His Friends 1975 Max (as Karl-Heinz Böhm)
Im Hause des Kommerzienrates 1975 TV Movie Dr. Bruck
Fontane Effi Briest 1974 Wüllersdorf (as Karl-Heinz Böhm)
Martha 1974/I TV Movie Helmut Salomon
Schloß Hubertus 1973 Tassilo
Vabanque 1973 TV Movie Thomas J. Lockwood
Immobilien 1973 TV Movie Rainer
Motiv Liebe 1972 TV Series Vater
Verdacht gegen Barry Croft 1972 TV Movie Barry Croft
Literatur 1970 TV Movie Klemens
Traumnovelle 1969 TV Movie Fridolin
The Venetian Affair 1966 Robert Wahl (as Karl Boehm)
Ein idealer Gatte 1966 TV Movie Lord Goring
L'heure de la vérité 1965 Jonathan (as Karl Boehm)
Combat! 1963 TV Series Bauer
Burke's Law 1963 TV Series Professor Thomas Marton
Rififi in Tokyo 1963 Carl Mersen
Come Fly with Me 1963 Baron Franz Von Elzingen (as Karl Boehm)
The Virginian 1963 TV Series Karl Rilke
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1962 TV Series Ludwig van Beethoven
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962 Jacob Grimm (as Karl Boehm)
Cross of the Living 1962 Gus
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1962 Heinrich von Hartrott (as Karl Boehm)
Crook and the Cross 1960 Pater Steiner
Playgirl After Dark 1960 Robert Jouvel (as Carl Boehm)
Peeping Tom 1960 Mark Lewis (as Carl Boehm)
La Paloma 1959 Robert Dahlberg
Court Martial 1959 Oberleutnant Düren
Das Dreimäderlhaus 1958 Franz Schubert
Das haut einen Seemann doch nicht um 1958 Peter Hille
Man müßte nochmal zwanzig sein 1958
The Stowaway 1958 Jean (as Carl-Heinz Boehm)
Examen des Lebens 1958 TV Movie Paul Gardiner
Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin 1957 Emperor Franz Josef of Austria
Das Schloß in Tirol 1957 Thomas Stegmann
Blaue Jungs 1957 Alfred Hanstein
Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin 1956 Kaiser Franz Josef
Nina 1956 Frank Wilson
Kitty und die große Welt 1956 Robert Ashlin
Die Ehe des Dr. med. Danwitz 1956 Dr. med. Danwitz
Dunja 1955 Mitja
Sissi 1955 Kaiser Franz Joseph
Sommarflickan 1955 Klaus Richter
Unternehmen Schlafsack 1955 Kanonier Gravenhorst
Ich war ein häßliches Mädchen 1955 Thomas
Die goldene Pest 1954 Karl Hellmer
The Eternal Waltz 1954
Die Hexe 1954
...und ewig bleibt die Liebe 1954 Georg
Sacred Lie 1954
Die Sonne von St. Moritz 1954 Dr. Robert Frank
Hochzeit auf Reisen 1953 Dr. Walter Delius
Der unsterbliche Lump 1953 Johannes Ritter / Petroni
Arlette erobert Paris 1953 Gérard Laurent
Salto Mortale 1953 Manfred
Der Tag vor der Hochzeit 1952 as Karl Heinz Böhm
Der Weibertausch 1952 Lorenz Holler
Alraune 1952 Frank Braun (as Karl Boehm)
Haus des Lebens 1952 Pit Harlacher
Wienerinnen 1952 Walter
Höllische Liebe 1949 Blumenbote (uncredited)
Der Engel mit der Posaune 1948 Franz Alt jr. (uncredited)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Karl Böhm - Porträt eines Dirigenten 1969 TV Movie documentary

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2014 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
The Eye of the Beholder 2005 Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ein Herz für Kinder 2001-2010 TV Series Himself / Himself - Honorary Award Recipient
Dieter Hallervorden - Mit dem Gesicht 2008 Video Himself
Die Johannes B. Kerner Show 2002-2008 TV Series Himself
Mr. Karl - Ein Mensch für Menschen 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Stöckl am Samstag 2008 TV Series Himself
Beckmann 2005-2008 TV Series Himself
Wetten, dass..? 1981-2006 TV Series Himself
Menschen bei Maischberger 2006 TV Series Himself
The Eye of the Beholder 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Der durstige Planet 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Das Lächeln des Sadisten: Karlheinz Böhm über Rainer Werner Fassbinders Martha 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Unsere Besten 2003 TV Series Himself
Morgenmagazin 2003 TV Series Himself
Romy Schneider, étrange étrangère 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
2002 World Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Sabine Christiansen 1998-2001 TV Series
Parlazzo 1998 TV Series Himself
A Very British Psycho 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Carl Boehm)
Ich will nicht nur, daß ihr mich liebt - Der Filmemacher Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1993 Documentary Himself
Spiegel TV Interview 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Showgeschichten 1990 TV Series Himself
Anneliese Rothenberger gibt sich die Ehre 1975 TV Series Himself - Singer
Dalli Dalli 1973 TV Series Himself - Candidate
Magic Graz 1972 Documentary short Himself
Stars in der Manege 1970 TV Series documentary Himself
Gut gefragt ist halb gewonnen 1966 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fassbinder 2015 Documentary Max
Fassbinder: at elske uden at kræve 2015 Documentary Himself
Alles ist Liebe 2014 Kaiser Franz Joseph (uncredited)
Sisi ... und ich erzähle euch die Wahrheit 2012 Documentary Franz
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film 2006 Documentary Himself (as Carl Boehm)
Sendung ohne Namen 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Ringstraßenpalais 1983 TV Series Bernie Artenberg
Forever My Love 1962 Emperor Franz Josef

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Berlinale Camera Berlin International Film Festival
1990 Bambi Bambi Awards Unknockable Stars
1984 Bambi Bambi Awards Man of the Year For his charity work.
1983 Honorary Award German Film Awards For his continued outstanding individual contributions to the german film over the years.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1962 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male New Personality 10th place.
1957 Bambi Bambi Awards Best Actor - National Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin (1956)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1955 Bambi Bambi Awards Best Actor - National Die goldene Pest (1954)


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