The Times drums up more Wagnerian melodrama, but of the institutional variety. Looks like they’re not sure who’s going to succeed as director of the uber-exclusive Bayreuth Festival. I guess it has to be real life Wagner at the helm.
In the front of the running is the 29-year-old great grand-daughter of the big cheese-ball himself. She directed this new staging of Meistersinger, and as described here, I’m not sure if great-grand-pappy Wagner would really approve…
“Ms. Wagner tackled the opera’s dark association with German nationalism by satirizing luminaries of German culture like Bach, Beethoven, Goethe, Schiller and even Wagner himself. But European critics said much of the audience turned against her in the last act, when she resorted to topless dancers, full male nudity, plastic phalluses and a bizarre auto-da-fé.”
Umm..can somebody get me tickets…and a wet nap?