Detlef Roth as Amfortas in Stefan Herheim's Parsifal production at Bayreuth. Photo: Enrico Nawrath / Bayreuther Festspiele
The cast of the Bayreuth Festival 2011 has been announced with no great surprises. The new Tannhäuser by Sebastian Baumgarten includes two
A couple of changes in Hans Neuenfels innovative Lohengrin production. The Bayreuth darling above all, Klaus Florian Vogt, will sing Lohengrin, Petra Lang Ortrud and Tómas Tómasson Friedrich von Telramund.
Christoph Marthaler's underrated Tristan production will have the same cast as before, with Peter Schneider am Pult, Robert Dean Smith as Tristan and Iréne Theorin as Isolde.
In Frau Wagner's Meistersinger Georg Zeppenfeld steps in as Veit Pogner and Burkhard Fritz will sing Walther von Stolzing as Klaus Florian Vogt concenrates on his Lohengrin role.
In Stefan Herheim's Parsifal (still no Blu-ray/DVD planned, it seems), the cast is almost identical to before, with Detlef Roth as Amfortas, Kwangchul Youn as Gurnemanz and Susan Maclean as Kundry. Only one change is noted: Simon O'Neill takes over as Christopher Ventris departs from the Green Hill.