Obituary: Czech Actor and Director Pavel Fieber Dies, Aged 79

By Logan Martell

Czech-born actor and director Pavel Fieber has passed away on July 6, 2020, at the age of 79. The cause of death is not listed.

Born on September 30, 1941, in Krnov, Czech Republic, Fieber experienced hardship early in life when his family was interned in a labor camp by the Nazis in Tschenstochan, Poland. After the war, he grew up in Bavaria and Vienna, where he studied acting, directing, and theater at the Max Reinhardt Seminar and Academy for Music and Performing Arts.

His debut as an actor came in 1965, and four years later he would direct the opera school at the Peter Cornelius Conservatory in Mainz, Germany.

In 1970, Fieber was declared a persona non grata by the communist Czechoslovakian government for promoting dissident artists. He spent the better part of the 70s as senior director of the Theater Oberhausen and the Stadttheater Ingolstadt before becoming a freelance performer and director in 1978, going on to work with the Theater Wuppertal, the Theater Bonn, Hamburg State Opera, the State Theater in Darmstadt, the State Theater Stuttgart, and more.

He was director of the Ulm Theater from 1985 to 1991, where he staged operas as well as musicals, before going to the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe as general director. His love for performing remained despite his administrative duties, with one of his signature roles being Professor Henry Higgins in Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady.”