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Posted July 25, 2011
According to the opera world insider Norman Lebrecht’s blog post today, Katharina Wagner and Eva Wagner-Pasquier have named Frank Castorf to direct the 2013 Ring in Bayreuth. As most know, negotiations with Wim Wenders broke down over 3-D filming of the Ring. Few outside of German theatrical circles know about Herr Castorf.
Castorf, 60, has been running the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxembourg-Platz in Berlin for almost 20 years and has a reputation for daring productions.
Here is a link to a very informative article about Castorf courtesy of the Goethe Institut. It is from the Institut’s collection of 50 portraits on contemporary German Directors:
Rising star conductor, 39 year old Russian Kirill Petrenko is set to conduct.
NIKE WAGNER SPEAKS OUT:
Also interesting is a very revealing interview with Nike Wagner in Der Spiegel. In this article she talks about her role championing the legacy of her great-great grandfather Franz Liszt, whose 200th birthday will be celebrated in Weimar but not in Bayreuth. Frau Wagner also addresses her family’s checkered past in a very frank manner.