Bayreuth Festival Sacks Jonathan Meese From 2016 Parsifal

The controversial German artist Jonathan Meese, who was supposed to direct Bayreuth’s 2016 production of “Parsifal,” has been sacked by the festival’s directorship. The official explanation given was that Meese’s concept was unrealistically over-budget, a claim that should raise a few eyebrows, in light of how well-funded the Bayreuth Festival is. In an interview with Der Spiegel,…