Robert Heger (19 August 1886 – 14 January 1978) was a German conductor and composer from Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine.
He studied at the Conservatory of Strasbourg under Franz Stockhausen, then in Zurich under Lothar Kempter and finally in Munich under Max von Schillings. After early conducting engagements in Strasbourg he made his debut at Ulm in 1908 or 1909. He held appointments in Barmen (1909), at the Vienna Volksoper (1911), and at Nuremberg (1913), where he also conducted Philharmonic concerts. He went on to Munich and Vienna, where he recorded a magnificent version of Goldmark's Rustic Wedding Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic; and then to Berlin (1933-1950), where a live wartime Lohengrin was preserved and afterwards issued on LP, after which he returned again to Munich.
In 1932 he conducted the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein in the world premiere of Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, after Arturo Toscanini had declined Ravel's invitation to conduct the premiere.
In 1937, Heger joined the Nazi Party.
Heger conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, from 1925 to 1935, and again with his Munich company in 1953, when he gave the first London performance of Richard Strauss's opera Capriccio. He lived to conduct stereo recordings, notably a fine rendition of Schubert's complete Rosamunde incidental music in the 1960s, before his death at 91 in Munich.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 19th, 1886 (Strasbourg), Died January 14th, 1978 (Munich)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931
Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||2B533||12-in.||5/21/1931||Siegfried||Robert Heger ; London Symphony Orchestra ; Lauritz Melchior ; Heinrich Tessmer||Vocal duet (2 tenors), with orchestra||conductor|
|Gramophone||2B534||12-in.||5/21/1931||Siegfried||Robert Heger ; London Symphony Orchestra ; Lauritz Melchior ; Heinrich Tessmer||Vocal duet (2 tenors), with orchestra||conductor|
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