The Sculptors

Anton Aicher

Anton Aicher was born 1859 in a small village in Southern Styria. His talent for carving was recognized at an early age and he was sent to study with a well known maker of altar-pieces. Later he was enrolled in the Kunstakademie in Vienna. The young sculptor and graduate makes his way to Salzburg as a teacher of sculpting at the State Technical School. His interest in figures-in-motion leads Anton Aicher to Munich to one of the masters of puppetry, Papa Schmid. The foundation stone is laid. Aicher begins to carve small heads, to create entire figures. Rosa Aicher, his wife, sews the costumes, and on 27 February 1913, with Mozarts youthful opera Bastien and Bastienne , "Prof. Anton Aicher's Artist Marionette Theatre" gives its first public performance.

Graf Schaffgotsch and Luise Spannring

The stage designer Graf Schaffgotsch is joined in1926 by the renouned Salzburg ceramic artist Luise Spannring to produce Mozart's youthful work Apollo and Hyacinth . She shapes the heads and hands and in some cases the entire figures. Even today this productions holds a place of honour in the richly varied history of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre.

Sepp Aichberger

Sepp Aichberger, a gifted pupil of Anton Aicher from the Vienna years, comes to Salzburg and takes over the sculpting to help meet the ever more demanding schedule of the theatre. For guest performances in St. Petersburg and Moscow, figures one meter in height are required for the outdoor theatres and large stages. The beautiful head of the dancer Anna Pawlowa is the work of Sepp Eichenberger.

Sepp Pyffrader

Sepp Pyffrader, a well-known Salzburg sculptor, creates the heads for perhaps the most successful production of the time: Der Diamant des Geisterkönigs by Ferdinand Raimund in 1937.

Josef Magnus

1n 1945 Josef Magnus joins the artistic circle. Together with Friedl Aicher he develops the Salzburg figures further. Among his creations, to name but a few: Jedermann by Kurt Nachmann, the ancient puppet show Doctor Faustus, The Salzburg Don Juan, La finta giardiniera , as well as Max und Moritz . Magnus is the mainstay of many a new productions, including The Magic Flute , The Abduction from the Seraglio , Snow White , Sleeping Beauty. With his hands he shapes and forms the most beautiful of heads and the most enchanting of fairy-tale figures.

Jakob Adelhart

In 1948 Jakob Adelhart joins the ensemble as sculptor and creates the characteristically striking heads for Josef August Lux' Don Quichote.

Werner Dürnberger

Werner Dürnberger, sculptor, painter, graphic artist, puppeteer and stage designer for the theatre carves the heads for Shakespeare's The Storm . Dürnberger, in his diversity, creates numerous other fairy-tale figures. New projects are launched: for the Mozartwoche 1975 La finta giardiniera , in 1978 The Nutcracker , both together with Josef Magnus.

Edmund Pointner

Edmund Pointner, Salzburg sculptor, begins work on the important new productions of the coming years. In 1982 as co-production with the ZDF: Thomas' Mignon , Smetana's Bartered Bride and Lortzing's Der Waffenschmied . He creates phantastic figures for The Tales of Hoffmann , The Marriage of Figaro and, in the Mozart year 1991, for Così fan tutte.

Since 1996 an intense cooperation joins the Salzburg Marionettes with Pierre Monnerat. The graduate of the Academy of Arts Geneva built the puppets for Oberon, a co-production with the Salzburg Festival. Since then he created all puppets for the premieres of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. Josa and the Magic Fiddle 1997, Peter and the Wolf 1998, A Midsummer Night's Dream 2001, Hansel and Gretel 2004, as well as Bastienne and Bastienne/The Impresario for the Mozart Year 2006.