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Posted May 02, 2012
Will the new production of Der Fliegende Holländer rock the boat?
May 2, 2012
A recent communication from one of the many Wagner Societies pointed to an interesting January article in the Nordbayerische Kurier.
In the article Georg von Waldenfels, Chairman of the Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth (Freunde) states that Freunde is experiencing membership retention concerns.
Some exiting Freunde members are expressing dissatisfaction with productions being presented at the Festspiele. Herr von Waldenfels did not make comment about the productions, as the artistic work of the Festspiele is not part of the mission of Freunde.
For 2011 ticket orders remained high and applications for tickets were 5 times higher than the number of tickets available.
Here is the article in German, you can use translate.google.com to do a rough translation.