ARCHIV - 29.09.2008, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Essen: Stefan Soltesz, damaliger Intendant und Generalmusikdirektor des Aalto Theaters in Essen, sitzt in dem Opernhaus. (zu dpa «Dirigent Stefan Soltesz nach Zusammenbruch gestorben») Foto: David-Wolfgang Ebener/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The conductor Stefan Soltesz collapsed during a performance at the Munich National Theater and then died. With horror and great sadness, the Bavarian State Opera announces the death of the 73-year-old, a spokesman said. The incident happened on Friday evening while Soltesz was conducting the comic opera “The Silent Woman”.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of the collapse and death of Stefan Soltesz,” said director Serge Dorny, according to the spokesman. “We are losing a gifted conductor. i lose a good friend My thoughts are with his wife Michaela.”

Born in Hungary, Soltesz studied conducting, composition and piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. After positions as a conductor in Vienna and Graz and as a musical assistant to Karl Böhm, Christoph von Dohnányi and Herbert von Karajan at the Salzburg Festival, he was conductor of the Hamburg State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and general music director at the Braunschweig State Theater.