Our scout at the Wagner Bicentenary Concert in Bayreuth yesterday was so bored that he took to counting the number of women in the Festival Orchestra.
Eleven were listed in the programme, but there were never more than seven on stage. The ensemble was drawn from all the best German orchestras. Quality? No question. Equality? Forget it.
Given that the Bayreuth Festival is run by two women and celebrates a composer who surrounded himself with strong women, this strikes us as a pretty wretched regression.