Obituary: German Artistic Director, Author & Publicist Peter P. Pachl Passes Away

By Nicolas Quiroga

On Nov. 15, 2021, Peter P. Pachl, a giant in the art world and in particular of the opera world died at the age of 68.

Born on April 24, 1953, in Bayreuth, Germany, Pachl was a musicologist, conductor, author, and publicist. He trained at the Regensburger Domspatzen Secondary School of Music and then studied music, theater, and speech sciences at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, where he received a doctorate.

Pachl was an assistant at the ZDF network and at various opera houses in Germany and abroad and worked with Günther Rennert, Götz Friedrich, Hans Neuenfels, Karl Wesseler, Hebert Junkers and Uldrich Brecht. He was also a Director-Playwright at the Staatstheater Nürnberg and the director at the Musiktheater Wiesbaden. He was the founder of the Pianopianissimo-Musiktheater in Munich and founder of the Siegfried Wagner International Society.

He was an also author and co-author of books and also directed film and television.

Pachl dedicated himself to teaching, as it was something that fascinated him. Through the years he held an administrative position in the opera department at the Hannover University of Music and Theater and also taught music and theater studies in Weimar, Bayreuth, Vienna, Bochum, and Berlin. He also taught Cultural Management in Weimar.

Pachl was also a respected playwright, director, and composer.