Franz Fischer

Franz Fischer was born on 29 July 1849 in Munich, where he also died on 8 June 1918. He took part as cellist in the Munich premiere of Wagner’s Rheingold, but also played his instrument as principal cellist at the Pest National Theatre and in the first festival orchestra at the Bayreuth Festival. As Hofkapellmeister at the Mannheim National Theatre, he conducted Wagner’s Tannhäuser before being appointed to the same position in Munich under General Music Director Hermann Levi. He conducted the posthumous Munich premiere of Wagner’s Die Feen in 1888 and several concerts as part of the Musikalische Akademie. He worked in Munich between 1880 and 1913.


Photo credit: Franz Fischer, photographed around 1880 by Egon Hanfstaengl Source: Portrait collection of the Munich City Museum