Robert H. Pflanzl

* 1934     
From 1976 to 2002 Univ. Prof. in Music and Dramatic Portrayal (scenical) at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg

The son of Kammersänger Heinrich Pflanzl and grandson of the Salzburg folk poet Otto Pflanzl, Robert Pflanzl was born in Breslau on 14.09.1934. Childhood and school years in Nuremberg, Kassel, Dresden and Berlin. Matriculated 1954 in West Berlin.

Studied at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (piano, voice) and at Munich University (Archaeology/Buschor, Art History /Sedlmayr, Theatre Studies/Kutscher).
Assistant to the director Walter Felsenstein at the Komische Oper Berlin and to Günther Rennert at the Combined State Theatres in Stuttgart.

Engagements as opera director in Bremen, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Salzburg, Stuttgart, Vienna, in France, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, South Korea. As editor/director for the television channels SDR Stuttgart and NDR Hamburg over twenty music films (on opera, dance, contemporary music including Balanchine, Blacher, Cikker, Havelka, Reimann, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and with conductors such as Gerd Albrecht, Ferdinand Leitner, George Szell).

Twenty years? stage experience as director at Germany?s leading opera houses together with teaching experience over thirteen years as staging director of the opera course of the International Summer Academy then led to a teaching position at the Mozarteum. Precise knowledge of the demands of stage performance facilitated the development of new methods for training future singers which were adopted in the curricula of the three music universities in Austria. The aim of this reform was to intensify the gestural and expressive aspects in the basic training as a performer while at the same time promoting the understanding of historical contexts in the development of music theatre. Around a hundred productions with students on the opera course were an attempt to put these ideals into practice.

Academic roles: nine years as head of the Department of ?Solo Singing and musical-dramatic performance?, as deputy chair of the University Council focusing on the reorganization of the Institute as it became the Mozarteum University. In more recent years, leading up to retirement in 2002, Dean of Studies for the disciplines stage design, acting and singing.

Collaborations with other cultural institutions in Salzburg: Aspekte, Bachgesellschaft, Elisabethbühne, Fest in Hellbrunn, Kulturvereinigung, Landestheater Salzburg, Szene der Jugend.


1975: Ballett in Salzburg Festschrift of the Landestheater
1979: Bewegungserziehung für Sänger Music University Vienna
2004: Paul Schilhawsky Wege zur Liedinterpretation
2009: Berta Pflanzl Vom Dienstmädchen zur gnädigen Frau
2012: Grüß Gott Herr Kammersänger - Der Salzburger Heinrich Pflanzl in der Welt der Oper