Tietjen, Heinz, born 24-06-1881 in Tanger, was a pupil of Arthur Nikisch. He died, age 66, on 23-12-1922 in Leizig.
Tietjen was 23 as he became the producer at the opera house in Trier and in 1907 he became it’s director. 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 and subsequently of the Prussian State Theatre. Allthough the nazi’s initially didn’t trust him, Hermann Goering (did you know) asked him as early as 1932 if he would be willing to keep his position in Berlin. From 1931 to 1944 he was also artistic director at Bayreuth, where he was romantically involved with Winifred Wagner, they had an intimate relation.
After the war he scolded the Wagners, but in later years he was again in contact with Winnifred. However he had to undergo a denazification trial, but it was decided that he was innocent and he was allowed to continue his career. Later he presented himself as a kind of resistance man. 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” Richard Wagner was very successful.
Death and burial ground of Tietjen, Heinz.
In 1959 he retired and die old age 85 on 30-11-1967. Heinz Tietjen is buried on the Hauptfriedhof of Baden Baden and close by the graves of Stalingrad Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus “Der Lord”, General der Flieger, Commander of Directing Office of Catch Command West, Erich Fitzau, General der Luftnachtrichtentruppe, Kommandeur Luftsignal Instruction Staff, Friedrich Fähnert, Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Kommandeur der XXXXI Panzerkorps, Rudolf Holste, the protector of Paris, General der Infanterie, Kommandeur der XXV Korps, Dietrich von Choltitz Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur 172th Infanterie Division, Woldemar Rieberg and Wolfgang Preiss the WWII war movies actor. Choltitz’s funeral was attended by a number of high ranking French Army officers.