Bayreuth Festival to Name New Managing Director

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 06:09 PM

The Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany is set to name a new managing director. 

Die Welt newspaper reports that Heinz Dieter Sense, the head of Berlin's Radio Orchestras and Choirs, will take on the post just as the Richard Wagner 200th anniversary year is picking up steam. The festival has also faced accusations of mismanagement from German politicians, particularly involving its ticketing policies.

As for Sense's co-workers? Wagner’s own great-granddaughters -- Eva Wagner-Pasquier and Katharina Wagner -- are the Bayreuth Festival’s commanding artistic directors.

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

The troubles that tear asunder the prospect of REAL echt WAGNERIAN PERFORMANCESare the total lack of singers with squillo, ping, ringing "juicy', not dry secco tone delivery, WAGNERIAN BARKING rather than legato full-throated singing, strained and forced and flat singing, undersized and underpowered singing, WITHOUT impressive carrying power and throaty ugly voice production.

Apr. 30 2013 12:38 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Today's news deals with deficits and declining support for the arts. Tandem to this predicament for the talented is the perception that the current situation will continue for a long time to come. Speaking specifically how this precludes the motivation for young operatic singers who must early on choosing their life's work, many have turned to Broadway or the business world. Nowadays Broadway musicals are out for show-stopping sensationalism with laser distractions, monster sets, acrobatic feats and space age technical projections and featuring dancing over singing. So, for the real thing opera singer, Broadway musicals, outside of Phantom of the Opera and an occasional Les Miserables there is little prospect of a sustainable career. The Wagner oeuvre has suffered the most. Husky physiques, witness the iconic John McCormack, do not offer similar size singing voices in power or stamina. Heroic voices like Melchior, Tamagno, Ruffo and the mature Caruso are nowhere on today's world class stages. Instead we suffer to hear miniscule, non-charismatic, non-distinctively memorable singing voices essaying roles far beyond their underpowered, thin not orotund, singing potentialities.

Apr. 29 2013 12:13 PM

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