Barrie Kosky Talks About Bringing Weimar Operetta Back to Berlin

originally published in the Jewish Daily Forward. On a freezing January evening, a large crowd gathered to watch as three stolpersteine were hammered into the sidewalk outside the Komische Oper Berlin. These brass stones commemorate victims — mostly, but not all, Jewish — of Nazi persecution. The plaques laid in front of the opera commemorated Jews…

Bayreuth Festival Confronts Controversial History

I’m posting my report from Bayreuth that appears in this week’s issue of The Forward BAYREUTH On the occasion of Richard Wagner’s bicentennial, the Grüner Hügel, or Green Hill, that is home to the Richard-Wagner-Festspielhaus was littered with 500 multicolored “mini-Wagners” — garden-gnomelike figurines of the composer, hands raised as if ready to conduct. These cute…