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Ireland Richard-Wagner Festival in Bayreuth: Bravo, Bravo

03:30  26 july  2022
03:30  26 july  2022 Source:   spiegel.de

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In times of war, crisis and chaos, the Bayreuth Festival was opened with a new version of Wagner's love opera »Tristan and Isolde«. To the favor of the illustrious audience.

  Richard-Wagner-Festspiele in Bayreuth: Bravo, bravo © Daniel Löb/ dpa

minutes-long applause, real jubilation: The »Tristan and Isolde« production by director Roland Schwab showed an utopian, extremely romantic interpretation of Richard Wagner's great love opera-and she obviously hit a nerve with the audience. Even after the individual elevators, the audience-including ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) and moderator Thomas Gottschalk-were enthusiastic. In the end, clapping, trampled and called "Bravo" was clapped for minutes.

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The cheers were mainly considered Catherine Foster as Isolde and Stephen Gould, who, in addition to the Tristan at the 2022 festival, also sings the Tannhäuser and the Siegfried at the "goddem of gods" - and Georg Zeppenfeld in one of his four roles on the green hill. Director Schwab and his team were also celebrated - not a matter of course in Bayreuth. There was even more applause for conductor Markus Poschner, who had taken over the task of Cornelius Meister at short notice because the Pietari Inkinen, who was suffering from Corona, had to step in as a "ring" conductor.

Not only Coronapandemia had made the festival to start this year, most recently overshadowed sexism allegations to start the opera spectacle. The "North Bavarian Courier" reported sexual assault that several women were touched by the festival. Festival manager Katharina Wagner confirmed that she was also affected by sexual problems.

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»For me,› Tristan and Isolde ‹is the most famous world flight opus of all music history. And if a time knows the need to escape the world, it is ours, ”director Schwab said before the premiere and thus referred to the war in Ukraine. »Lose in the universe, in a universal love. I would like to allow this longing. This is very important to me, especially in our current context of time. "

The Festival had put the" Tristan "into the program at the turn of the year-in case one of the large choir operas" Lohengrin "," Tannhäuser "or" Der Flying Dutch «fall victim to the Corona virus. According to his own statements, director Schwab had four weeks for the concept. Because there is also a new four -part "Ring des Nibelungen" on the schedule, there are five Bayreuth new productions this year - a novelty in the long festival history.

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