Bayreuth festival: The Loop of the Nibelung

tonight had the game marked on the Green hill, a turning point, were it not for the pandemic. Christian Thielemann wanted to conduct a day before the opening of

Bayreuth festival: The Loop of the Nibelung

tonight had the game marked on the Green hill, a turning point, were it not for the pandemic. Christian Thielemann wanted to conduct a day before the opening of the Bayreuth festival, the national youth orchestra, and it would have been heard no music of Richard Wagner.

Jan Brachmann

editor in the features section.

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Yes, it would have been once – as is the case with the fixed files for Wieland and Wolfgang Wagner – the memory of family members and head for a celebration. For the program of the thirteenth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, which reminds with the poem by Yevgeny Yevtushenko to the massacre in Babi Yar, the "women's canyon", not far from Kiev, was provided, namely, where in the year 1941 by the German Wehrmacht and the SS, with the participation of Ukrainian nationalists almost 34 000 Jews were murdered.

The number of "discourse Bayreuth", for three years, under the leadership of Marie Luise Maintz an integral part of the festival, would have been set with this performance of seventy-five years after the end of the Second world war a special character: The self-playing of the genocide of Europe's Jews would become a topic of conversation. He belongs to the dark history of Richard Wagner. Because the composer was one of the staunchest anti-Semites of the nineteenth century, whose fanatical hatred of the Jews even fantasies of their violent destruction and loss of screw.

the schedule to this concert at a joint meeting of the festival Director Katharina Wagner, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, Hamburg's former mayor Klaus von Dohnányi, and the poet Ulla Hahn created – shows what has changed in the last years in Bayreuth in order to Good. The house has been carefully opened to music beyond the ten canonized music dramas of Richard Wagner that constitute the program core.

The family archives were opened to independent researchers. Sven Friedrich in Wagner Museum in the wahnfried, but also Marie Luise Maintz in the conversation - and the concert series "discourse of Bayreuth" could now broach the issue of attacking the anti-Semitism of Richard Wagner and the deep involvement of Bayreuth, also of the hitherto highly revered Wagner's grandson Wieland in the ideology of national socialism. Katharina Wagner, great-granddaughter of the composer, demanded only "respect for the Wagner family and their achievements. But this does not mean that you have to touch with velvet gloves.“

joined took on More art, less Event

Since Katharina Wagner 2016 the sole management of the festival and Holger Berg as managing Director to their side, could not only consolidating the financial Situation of the company and the remuneration of the employees are aligned to the contract Rates. Also, artistically, it went uphill: Lise Davidsen as Elisabeth, Piotr Beczała as Lohengrin and Johannes Martin Kränzle as Beckmesser were finally back to the lovers of excellent voices in Bayreuth satisfied.

Updated Date: 24 July 2020, 16:20

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