Search the Collection

(Anton) Charles ('Carl') Ebert (1887-1980), Actor and opera director

Sitter in 1 portrait
Berlin-born Ebert started his acting career in Frankfurt. In 1919, he founded the Frankfurt Drama College and in 1925 he became Director and Professor of the Berlin Academy of Music and Drama. By 1931, he was Indendant of the Staedtische Oper, Berlin. Ebert emigrated when the Nazis took power. In 1934, with John and Audrey Christie and Fritz Busch, he launched the Glyndebourne Opera. He was Artistic Director until 1959, during which period he directed almost all of the operas. In 1954, Ebert accepted an invitation to resume his pre-war position at the Staedtische Oper (Deutsche Oper), Berlin, and in 1961 he directed the opening production of the new opera house in Berlin.