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August 26, 2010
Christoph Schlingensief Controversial German theater director Christoph Schlingensief, 49, a controversial German theater director and performance artist, died of lung cancer Saturday. His death was announced by organizers of the Ruhr Triennale cultural festival in Bochum, Germany, where he was scheduled to present his latest production. Often called the enfant terrible of Germany's art world, Schlingensief was notorious for casting neo-Nazi skinheads as actors in a 2001 production of "Hamlet," in which former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was burned in effigy.
July 25, 2009 |
Union leaders say they have signed an agreement with organizers of the Bayreuth Festival, avoiding a strike one day before the world-famous Wagner celebration was to begin. Union spokesman Hans Kraft says workers "are relieved" because they achieved what they wanted. The festival's organizers were not immediately available for comment Friday. Kraft says the new labor contract for about 170 stage technicians will cost the festival an additional $854,000 a season, with some workers receiving a pay raise of up to 30%. The technicians will now get salaries commensurate with those at state theaters in Germany.
August 26, 2008 |
As Germany's annual Bayreuth Festival moves toward its conclusion this week, the real drama is unfolding behind the scenes over a successor to 89-year-old director Wolfgang Wagner. The furor increased Monday with news that Nike Wagner, the great-granddaughter of the composer Richard Wagner, had teamed with Belgian director Gerard Mortier to apply for the job. Nike's bid rivals an earlier bid by two of her cousins -- the daughters of current director Wolfgang Wagner. Richard Wagner founded the festival in 1872 and his grandsons, Wolfgang and Wieland, took charge of the festival in 1951.
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November 29, 2007 |
Gudrun Wagner, wife of the Bayreuth Opera Festival's director and a key figure in the family battle over control of the German arts institution that was founded by composer Richard Wagner, has died. She was 63. She died unexpectedly Wednesday morning at a hospital in Bayreuth, Germany. No cause of death was given, said Peter Emmerich, a spokesman for the festival.
July 24, 2007 |
A real-life drama of succession as riveting as any Richard Wagner opera is casting a shadow over this year's Bayreuth Festival, raising the anticipation level among devotees of the German master even before the first curtain rises Wednesday at the musical shrine he inaugurated 131 years ago.
July 31, 1998 |
"I'm told it is better than it sounds." -- Mark Twain, on the music of Richard Wagner **** Nothing about Richard Wagner is ever really the way it first looks or sounds, and fittingly, this small town in northern Bavaria, all charming beer gardens and rosebushes on the surface, is many things--deeper and darker--to many people.