… it was Bayreuth. As always, for almost all the wrong reasons.
The celebrity catwalk on opening night, the trivial productions, the wisps of Nazi scandal, the dead spectator in Götterdämmerung (Riccardo Muti joked to me that, on his only visit to the Festpielhaus, he decided it was the worst place on earth to die because, with no aisles, your body would have to be passed out over the heads of the rest of the audience).
Bayreuth has made all the headlines, Salzburg and Lucerne hardly any. But that could be about to change. We hear on several grapevines that the Wagner family have been told by political friends that this cannot go on. They have one more summer to restore respect to the festival, or face the imposition of non-family management.
There is no new production in 2014, so 2015 becomes the crunch year. The clock starts ticking now. Watch this space.