Herbert Wernicke Dies; Opera Designer-Director was 56

Herbert Wernicke, the German opera director and designer, died on April 16, having collapsed in the street in Basel, Switzerland, where he was working on a production of Handel’s Israel in Egypt. He was 56.

Best known for his work in Europe, Wernicke had recently enjoyed a major triumph at the Metropolitan Opera with his staging and design (scenery, costumes, and lighting) for Richard Strauss’ Die Frau Ohne Schatten, which was one of the best-received Met productions of

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