Obituary: Andreas K.W. Meyer Passes Away at 64

By Afton Wooten

Andreas K.W. Meyer, former Opera Director of Theater Bonn passed away on April 8, 2023.

Meyer began his work at Theater Bonn during the 2013-24 season. He took a special interest in reviving primarily the early 20th-century opera that had been forgotten. Meyer produced “Der Dream in Leben” by Walter Braunfels, Hermann Wolfgang von Waltershausen’s “Oberst Chabert,” Franz Schreker’s “The Singing Devil,” and many more. His rediscovery of “The Scenes from the Life of Saint Johanna”  by Walter Braunfels was voted “Rediscovery of the Year” in the 2008 critics’ survey by Opernwelt magazine.

Beginning his career, Meyer worked as a freelance critic for the Frankfurter Rundschau and other radio stations. He studied composition with Rudolf Mors, musicology with Klaus Hortschansky, as well as art history and German at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster. Meyer went on to work as a music dramaturge and publicist. From 1993-2003 he served as the music dramaturge at Kiel Opera and chief dramaturge at Deutsche Oper Berlin from 2004- 2012.

Meyer is survived by his life partner and his mother. A public memorial service will take place on April 21 at 3 p.m. in the opera house.