25 July 2009

Bayreuth Festival 2009 opens today

Today the Bayreuth Festival 2009 opens with the Christoph Marthaler production of Tristan und Isolde. No newcomers there, but elsewhere we see some new names: Christian Franz has returned to Bayreuth to sing Siegfried (as he did 2001-2004); the Wolfgang Schmidt (the Siegfried in the Kirchner/Rosalie Ring) will sing both Mimes, Ain Anger makes his Bayreuth debut as Fafner, Alan Titus replaces Franz Hawlata and will sing Hans Sachs in Katharina Wagners controversial production.

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