Obituary: Knut Hendriksen Dies at 75

By Francisco Salazar

On March 10, 2020 Knut Hendriksen died at the age of 75 following a long illness.

Born on March 15, 1944 in Bregen, Norway, Hendriksen’s family moved to Sweden in 1948, where he would continue his studies and develop his career.

Hendriksen graduated from the Department of Art History at Stockholm University and went on to work with the Royal Opera / Royal Theater in Stockholm from 1968 and became the director in 1976. From 1980-84 he became the head of the Den Norske Opera in Oslo.

Hendriksen also worked alongside Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and Götz Friedrich in London and Salzburg and went on to direct such operas as “Tannhäuser” in Malmö and Oslo, “Boris Godunov” in Oslo, “The Magic Flute,” “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” and “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the Royal Opera, and “Ariadne auf Naxos” in Gothenburg, among others.