Karl von Ledebur

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Director of the Schwerin Hoftheater, Germany (b. 1/13 February 1840 in Berlin; d. 4 November 1913 at Schwerin); also known as Carl von Ledebur, or Karl Freiherr von Ledebur.

Following an initiative by the Hamburg-based impresario Bernhard Pollini, Karl von Ledebur staged Tchaikovsky's opera Iolanta at the Schwerin Hoftheater on 25 December 1892/6 January 1893, three days after the opera's first performance in Germany (in Hamburg), and just nineteen days after its world première in Saint Petersburg. Although Tchaikovsky had promised to attend the performance of his opera in Schwerin [1], he subsequently changed his mind and did not do so.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

One letter from Tchaikovsky to Karl von Ledebur has survived, dating from 1893, which is available in an English translation on this website:

One letter from Ledebur to Tchaikovsky, dating from 13/25 December 1892, is preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.

Notes and References

  1. See Letter 4805 to Bernhard Pollini, 14/26 November 1892.