29 August 2009

Bayreuth Festival 2010

Thomas Jesatko as Klingsor. Photo: Enrico Nawrath

The Bayreuth Festival 2010 dates are now official, but no cast info has been released yet on the Festival's Homepage.

The Festival opens with a new Lohengrin production by Hans Neuenfels, with Jonas Kaufmann in the title role. Andris Nelson will conduct. Annette Dasch will sing Elsa and Evelyn Herlitzius Ortrud.

Reliable sources state that Daniele Gatti will return for Parsifal and that Susan Maclean will replace Mihoko Fujimura as Kundry. But allegedly Herheims production team is not granted the means needed to develope the production according to the Werkstatt Bayreuth tradition. During the Festival Katharina Wagner annonunced that the production neither will be part of the Public-Viewing-Program nor be released on DVD. As I have written before, this decision is a serious mistake, which I hope the Bayreuth Festival's new partner Opus Arte will help change. I get letters from Wagner lovers who express their frustration about this, and one quoted Barry Millington's 2008 review in The Wagner Journal, calling it "one of the finest stagings of the work ever seen at Bayreuth, or anywhere else".

25. July Lohengrin
27. July Das Rheingold
28. July Die Walküre
29. July Parsifal
30. July Siegfried
01. August Götterdämmerung
02. August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
03. August Lohengrin
05. August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
06. August Lohengrin
07. August Parsifal
08. August Das Rheingold
09. August Die Walküre
10. August Parsifal
11. August Siegfried
12. August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
13. August Götterdämmerung
14. August Parsifal
15. August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
17. August Lohengrin
18. August Parsifal
19. August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
20. August Das Rheingold
21. August Die Walküre
22. August Lohengrin
23. August Siegfried
25. August Götterdämmerung
26. August Parsifal
27. August Lohengrin
28. August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

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