BURGENLAND. In this management position, the 63-year-old actor, singer and presenter Alfons Haider is responsible for the music festival Seefestspiele Mörbisch and the opera festival JOpera. His task will be to further develop the structures of the festivals and generally to advance the future strategy of the music theater festivals.
“He knows how to move the masses”
A total of 16 applicants took part in the selection process. “Alfons Haider has distinguished himself as the best candidate. On the one hand, he has the professional qualifications and, on the other hand, he has a feel for how to appeal to the population and how to move the masses, ”said LH Hans Peter Doskozil.
Haider already had a short appearance on the floating stage in Mörbisch as an extra at the age of 17. “In a uniform that was far too big and boots that were far too small, I ran away from twelve galloping horses and had the task of saying: ‘They are coming, they are coming, they are coming,’” Haider recalls. Even then he knew: “The theater is my life, but my love and my heart belong to the musical theater.”
“I won’t play every year”
Haider, will start his work as General Director in early 2021. He will keep his other functions – such as for the Opera Ball, Licht ins Dunkel or the “Star Nights”. “That is not a problem and certainly beneficial for advertising,” says Haider. When asked whether he would be on the stage himself, the new general manager said: “Don’t worry. i won’t play every year. But if a role calls for me, I will of course accept it. “
About Alfons Haider
- Alfons Haider was trained as an actor and musical performer in Vienna and Los Angeles and soon gained a foothold on the major Viennese stages, such as the Theater in der Josefstadt and the Volkstheater. He was then the artistic director and evening performance manager on numerous European tours.
- 1979 began his second mainstay as a film actor in various international TV series, from 1981 to 2012 he was initially an actor and from 1998 as artistic director of the Stockerau Open Air Festival.
- In 1989 Alfons Haider was discovered as a presenter on ORF and has meanwhile been present in over 1000 programs, such as “Licht ins Dunkel”, “Lifeball” and of course “Opernball” and “Starnächte vom Wörthersee / Wachau”, to name but a few.
- Alfons Haider is also known to a wide audience as a singer, entertainer and cabaret artist.
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