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Herbert Graf

Also Known As: ""little Hans""
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Death: April 05, 1973 (69)
Geneva, Switzerland
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr Max Graf and Olga Graf
Husband of Liselotte Graf
Father of Werner Lothar Graf
Brother of Hanna Sujeff-Graf

Occupation: Opera Producer
Managed by: Mila Rechcigl, Ph.D.
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About Herbert Graf

Herbert Graf in Wikipedia


BIOGRAPHY: as baby--rented place in Austria --had nursemaid

  • summer 1906--at Gmunden for summer holidays--played with landlord's children (Freud's "Little Hans" case study)
  • at age 4 move to a new flat, summer 1907 at Gmunden again
  • had boy cousin come to visit when Herbert was 4 and cousin was 5
  • this cousin (if a first cousin) could not have been a Graf unless the mysterious Paul and Friedrich had children. More likely he would have been a Hoenig, since we know so little about them.
  • Jan. 1908--"Little Hans" mentions a visit from "Aunt M." Could this have been Mimi Graf, Malvine Hoenig, or Marie-Valerie Hoenig?

childhood home in Hietzing--guests included Mahler, Kokoschka, Strauss, Schoenberg

  • during WW I living conditions bad in V.--was sent to Berlin to spend a summer with aunt, who had lovely house in suburbs--saw Max Reinhardt productions--age 16 (This aunt would have to have been a Hoenig, if it was a direct aunt)
  • 1925--dissertation--Phd
  • summer 1930--first trip to US
  • left Germany for Switz--divided between Basel and Prague
  • 1934--Philadelphia
  • 1936--first at Met+
  • 1937-38 travelled in Europe (see passport chronology)
  • 1939--Berkshire
  • 1941--bought house in Bedford
  • 1943-first TV stagings
  • 1951-fire at Bedford home
  • 1960--Zurich
  • 1963--Met--Othello Feb.--Mar-June/July in Verona, Sept. Geneva, Nov. in Amsterdam, Nov.-Dec. --San Carlo in Naples
  • 1965--Geneva
  • 1966-divorce
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Herbert Graf's Timeline

April 10, 1903
Vienna, Austria

ear 1903
Numerative 966
Code 1
Volume Wien
Last Name Graf
First Name Herbert
Parents/Annotation Max, Dr./Hönig Olga

April 5, 1973
Age 69
Geneva, Switzerland