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Udo Zimmermann was born in Dresdenmarker on October 6, 1943. He is a Germanmarker composer, music director, and conductor.


Zimmermann was a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor from 1954 to 1962. He then continued his music education at the Dresden Music Schoolmarker. He studied composition with Johannes Paul Thilman, as well as conducting and singing. He worked two years as assistant of music theater director, Walter Felsenstein.

In 1970 he became the dramatic adviser of Dresden's State Operamarker. In 1978 he was appointed as professor of composition at his alma mater, Dresdner Musikhochschule. In 1986, he founded the Dresden Center for Contemporary Music, which is a research center and organizer for concerts and festivals. From 1990 to 2001, Zimmermann was the artistic director of the Leipzig Opera House.


  • Die Weiße Rose (White Rose) — June 17, 1967
  • Die zweite Entscheidung — 1970
  • Levins Mühle — March 27, 1973
  • Der Schuhu und die fliegende Prinzessin — December 30, 1976
  • Die wundersame Schusterfrau — April 25, 1982
  • Weiße Rose (revised version) — February 27, 1986
  • Die Sündflut — 1988


  • Man sieht, was man hört (One sees what one hears), Udo Zimmermann on music and theatre, edited by Frank Geißler, Leipzig 2003.


  1. Opera Glass
  • Warrack, John and West, Ewan (1992), The Oxford Dictionary of Opera, 782 pages, ISBN 0-19-869164-5

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