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Joachim Herz was born in Dresden and studied at its Academy of Music before attending Humboldt University, Berlin. He was Managing Director of Komische Oper, Berlin, Artistic Director of Leipzig Opera and Director-in-Chief of Dresden Staatsoper. He directed over a 100 operas from 1950 onwards including La Forza del Destino for WNO and, in 1963, the first complete film of a Wagner opera, Der fliegende Holländer. He taught at universities in Germany, Austria and the United States, and his works are the subject of eight books. Joachim Herz died in 2010.