Uwe Scholz, Director of Ballet at Leipzig Opera House, Has Died at 45
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
BERLIN ó German choreographer Uwe Scholz, who was director of ballet at the Leipzig Opera and also led the Zurich Ballet, has died, the city of Leipzig announced Tuesday. He was 45.
Scholz died Sunday [November 21] following a severe illness, a statement from the city government said, without elaborating.
Born December 31, 1958, Scholz got his first ballet training at age 4 and later received tuition from John Cranko, the director of the Stuttgart Ballet. Scholz completed his training in Stuttgart in 1979, retiring as a dancer the following year when he won a permanent contract from the ballet as a choreographer.
In 1985, Scholz became the ballet director and chief choreographer at the Zurich Opera House, and he led the Zurich Ballet for six years. He also produced ballets for the Vienna State Opera, Milan's La Scala and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, among others, developing a repertoire of more than 100 ballets.
Scholz took over the ballet in Leipzig in 1991, and was appointed two years later as a professor of choreography at the city's Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy College for music and theater.
A memorial service is planned December 3 at Leipzig's opera house. Details of survivors were not immediately available.
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