Karajan artists: Michael Hampe – the “Don Giovanni” director
Michael Hampe was a German stage director and theatre manager who worked with Karajan on the 1987 Salzburg “Don Giovanni”.
In this episode of the Spotlight series we are looking at Karajan's interpretations of the Bruckner symphonies. As was the case with many other great 20th-century conductors, Bruckner’s oeuvre was a central pillar in Karajan’s symphonic repertoire. In his last season 1988/89, he chose two Bruckner symphonies for his last performance in New York (the 8th) and for his last concert of all in Vienna (the 7th).
She was one of the most acclaimed mezzos of our time. Christa Ludwig worked with almost every great maestro in the second half of the 20th century, and of course with Karajan, who was her mentor and one of her favourite conductors for over 25 years.