Wednesday, July 25, 2007
A fresh face in the house of Wagner
Today's Guardian reports - The 29-year old great-granddaughter of the German composer Richard Wagner will face a crucial moment in her young career tonight when her production of the nation's most controversial opera is staged for the first time. The critical success or failure of Katharina Wagner's (above) Bayreuth Festival debut will not only decide on the future of what is arguably one of the most important musical extravaganzas in the world, but also on who takes pole position in the Wagner dynasty.
Everything depends on the reactions to her production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - from the critics and from those of her father and festival head, 87-year-old Wolfgang Wagner. If the opera is thought a success, she is likely to be chosen by the Wagner Foundation as the successor to the Richard Wagner throne.
The 2007 Bayreuth Festival performances, including today's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, are being webcast on Polskie Radio Dwoja, Warsaw. Click here to listen via the Radeo internet player, and here for schedules. And for more on the Wagner dynasty follow this path.
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