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Carl Ebert

Actor and operatic director; born 20 February 1887 in Berlin, died 14 May 1980 in Los Angeles.


Carl Ebert was born in 1887 in Berlin. At the age of 22 he joined the Deutsches Theater as an actor under Max Reinhardt. He went on to become a leading actor in Frankfurt and Berlin. In 1927 he became an opera director in Darmstadt, a position he then held in Berlin between 1931 and 1934.

In 1934 Ebert emigrated to the United Kingdom for political reasons. Together with the conductor Fritz Busch he co-founded the Mozart Festival at Glyndebourne. From 1936 he made regular visits to Ankara where he was instrumental in developing a drama and opera school. He spent much of the war years there. After 1947 he returned to Glyndebourne, where he directed every year until 1959. He retired to Santa Monica in Los Angeles, where he died in 1980.

Links and sources

Carl Ebert on Wikipedia

Carl Ebert in the University of Hamburg online database of musicians persecuted during the Nazi Period

Elsewhere in this resource

Laura Sarti interview