Paul Bekker in Kassel and Wiesbaden

Director of the Staatstheater Kassel


The “Arme Heinrich” by Hans Pfitzner is first performed in Kassel (9/27/1925).
For the new production of Calderon’s “Das Leben ein Traum” Ludwig Meidner designs decoration and costumes, director: Dr. Rolf Prasch, music: Ernst Krenek.


Paul Bekker stages Mozart’s “Magic Flute”.
Performance of “Orpheus and Eurydice”. Music: Ernst Krenek, Libretto: Oskar Kokoschka.
Ida Kerkovius creates drafts for “Turandot” performance.


Bekker’s last production in Kassel: “Die Gezeichneten”, opera by Franz Schreker. Schreker is present in Kassel for the dress rehearsal, there are five performances, the fifth is broadcasted by radio.

General Director of the Prussian State Theater Wiesbaden


Paul Bekker succeeds Carl Hagemann.


Seven performances of “Der singende Teufel” by Franz Schreker.
Reintroduction of the May Festival (last in 1914) with first performance of “Die aegyptische Helena” by Richard Strauss under the direction of Richard Strauss.
First performance of “Benvenuto Cellini” by Hector Berlioz.


German first performance of the opera “Mazeppa” by Peter Tchaikovsky.


World premiere of “Die große Katharina” by Ignaz Lilien.
First performance of “Die Bürgschaft” by Kurt Weill.
The contract with Paul Bekker ends and is not being extended.


In June Paul Bekker goes into exile.