Bayreuth 2014 Cast Lists & General Dress Rehearsal Dates

Somewhat disappointingly, this year’s Bayreuth program is virtually the same as the festival’s 2013 installment. It would have been nice to see Stefan Herheim’s Parsifal given one final revival before the hotly-awaited Jonathan Meese staging that will premiere in 2016. Oh well, we can always hope for next season. Here are the recently-announced general rehearsal dates. Tannhäuser…

Castorf / Petrenko Bayreuth Ring Download Links

Now that the dust has  settled somewhat after the unveiling of Frank Castorf’s much-despised bicentennial Ring Cycle, all indications point to the Russian maestro Kirill Petrenko as the new hero of Bayreuth. In case you missed the radio broadcasts, here are links to mp3 files of the full cycle. The whole kit and kaboodel  weighs…

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…

Bayreuth Ring Round-Up

Last night, Frank Castorf unveiled part four of his Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuther Festspiele. If the early reviews are any indication, this may be the most hated Ring in the history of the festival. “Boos, Boos and More Boos Greet Director of Bayreuth ‘Ring,’” screams the headline of Catherine Hickley’s review in Bloomberg…

The Walküre Report with *PHOTOS*

The Bayreuth Festival curtain went up tonight on the premiere of Frank Castorf’s Walküre premiere.  In one of the first reviews already online, Peter Huth, critic for the Berlin daily B.Z., writes “Hats off to Castorf.” Apparently, the second installment of the Ring was better received that Rheingold, which reportedly was greeted with loud boos on…

Where’s Castorf?

According to this AFP report, Castorf refused to take the stage during last night’s Rheingold curtain call, which met with vociferous boos. There’s always hope that he’ll show next week for Götterdämmerung… Agence France Presse Controversial German director Frank Castorf refused to show himself at the end of his new staging of Richard Wagner’s “Rhinegold” that premiered…