1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Mottl, Felix

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[ 931 ] MOTTL, FELIX (1856– ), German conductor and composer, was born near Vienna, and had a successful career at the Vienna Conservatoire. He became known as a gifted conductor of Wagner's music, and in 1876 was engaged for the Ring des Nibelungen at Bayreuth. From 1881 to 1903 he was conductor at the Carlsruhe Opera, and made a wide reputation for his activity there, particularly in producing the works of Wagner and Berlioz. In 1886 he directed the performance of Tristan und Isolde at Bayreuth. In later years he visited London and New York, and became known as one of the most brilliant conductors of his day; and in 1904 he was made a director of the Academy of Music at Berlin. He composed some operas, of which Agnes Bernauer (Weimar, 1880) was the most successful, and numerous songs and other music.