He was conductor for his ballet, "Ondine," in a Royal Ballet production at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England with Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes, Julia Farron, Alexander Grant, Leslie Edwards, Monica Mason, Deirdre Dixon, Vyvyan Lorrayne, Deanne Bergsma, Desmond Doyle, Ronald Hynd, Gary Burne, Derek Rencher...
Hans-Werner Henze | Henze
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I realized I could get people to listen to me - to make them laugh or cry or be happy or angry. This was a decisive experience - music as a means of communication.
His father was killed on the Eastern Front in WWII. Hans was drafted into the army in 1944, ending the war in a British prisoner-of-war camp. His experiences left him with a lifelong hatred of fascism.