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First Woman to Direct Vienna’s Largest Conservatory in its 198 Year History

Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst Stuttgart


The University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien), one of the largest institutions of its kind in the world, recently appointed its first female Rector, Regula Rapp (53), in its 198 year history.

Previously, Rapp served as director of the Hochschule für Alte Musik, Basle and the Stuttgart Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. She has also served as the director of drama and a member of the management team of the Deutsche Staasoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, and as a dramaturg at the Zurich Opera House and the Salzburg Festival.

Founded in 1817, the institution began as the Vienna Conservatory, and Antonio Salieri served as its first director. Some of its most famous students include Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, and Zubin Mehta.

Now known as the University of Music and Performing Arts, the renowned academy underwent many changes in the years surrounding World War II. One thing that had not changed, however, was that men continued to direct the University.

Perhaps now with Rapp at the helm, the list of the University’s esteemed list of past and present faculty and students won’t read so much like a boys’ club.


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