In midsummer, the Russian bass-baritone Yevgeny Nikitin was hustled out of Bayreuth after a media storm about his body art, which seemed to depict a swastika. He strongly denied any fascist sympathies and blamed the press and the Wagner clan for his dismissal from the shrine.
Joining him in an assault on the Wagner women was Nikolaus Bachler, intendant of the Bavarian State Opera. Bachler swore that he would have Nikitin back on his stage before the year was out, and he has been as good as his word.
The Süddeutscher reports that Nikitin sang Teleramund in Lohengrin last night, and his tattoos were practically invisible.