Heinrich Schmidt was a well-known Austrian répétiteur, conductor and composer. He started his musical studies at the Music Academy in Wien (Vienna), where he himself started teaching in 1930, additionally working at the “Theater in der Josefstadt.” From 1940-46 Schmidt acted as a solo coach and principal tutor at the “Bayerische Staatsoper” in München under the famous conductor Clemens Krauss, and from 1943 was the principal tutor for the Salzburg Festival. In 1946, he returned to the Staatsoper in Wien, becoming an assistant of Wilhelm Furtwängler. Schmidt was engaged at La Scala in Milano in 1949-55, while in 1955-72 he was principal tutor at the Staatsoper in Wien. Several of his historical recordings are still available.