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July 31, 1998 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"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.
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October 8, 2013
Patrice Chereau Innovative director of opera, film, theater Patrice Chereau, 68, a celebrated French actor and director in film, theater and opera who was renowned for cutting-edge productions, died Monday in Paris of complications related to cancer, said the Artmedia talent agency that represented him. Impassioned by the performing arts at a young age, Chereau showed breadth as a director - from his revolutionary production of...
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May 22, 2013 | By David Ng
Richard Wagner -- the 19th century composer whose epic operas are considered to be among the greatest ever written and whose anti-Semitic views still cause controversy -- was born 200 years ago Wednesday in Leipzig, Germany. The composer's bicentennial birthday is being marked around the world with special performances and broadcasts. In Los Angeles, radio station KUSC (91.5 FM) is devoting its morning show, running 6 to 9 a.m., to the composer's life and music. New York radio station WQXR will broadcast an hourlong program devoted to Wagner starting at 4 p.m. PDT on its website . The BBC is  also offering a slate of Wagner-themed programming this week that can be heard online.
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August 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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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July 24, 2007 | George Jahn, Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2013 | By David Ng
Richard Wagner -- the 19th century composer whose epic operas are considered to be among the greatest ever written and whose anti-Semitic views still cause controversy -- was born 200 years ago Wednesday in Leipzig, Germany. The composer's bicentennial birthday is being marked around the world with special performances and broadcasts. In Los Angeles, radio station KUSC (91.5 FM) is devoting its morning show, running 6 to 9 a.m., to the composer's life and music. New York radio station WQXR will broadcast an hourlong program devoted to Wagner starting at 4 p.m. PDT on its website . The BBC is  also offering a slate of Wagner-themed programming this week that can be heard online.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013
Patrice Chereau Innovative director of opera, film, theater Patrice Chereau, 68, a celebrated French actor and director in film, theater and opera who was renowned for cutting-edge productions, died Monday in Paris of complications related to cancer, said the Artmedia talent agency that represented him. Impassioned by the performing arts at a young age, Chereau showed breadth as a director - from his revolutionary production of...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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July 25, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2007 | George Jahn, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
July 31, 1998 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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