It’s being reported that Nike Wagner, the most agreeable of the clan, is to be the new intendant of the Beethoven Festival.
Nike, 67, is leaving the Weimar Arts Festival this year. Bonn is losing Ilona Schmiel, who takes over as director of the Zurich Tonhalle next year. Nike’s appointment has yet to receive political approval.
She is the only member of the composer’s family who has gone on record to say they should no longer be running the festival at Bayreuth.