On-Stage Accident Results in Conductor’s Tragic Death
Noted Swiss conductor and pianist Carl Robert Helg died last weekend from injuries suffered in an accident on the stage of the Baden State Theater, in Karlsruhe, Germany.
According to a German police spokesperson quoted in the Wiesbadener Tageblatt, there are indications Helg’s death may have been a suicide. Helg fell from the theater’s lighting bridge.
Helg held conducting positions at many noted European musical institutions, including the opera houses of Zurich, Basel and Hildesheim. In 2000, he helped to found the Burg-Hohenstein Opera Festival. In 1997 he was appointed choral and orchestra conductor at the Karlsruhe theater, where the accident occurred.