The local paper reports that Eva and Katharina Wagner have won the festival board’s (Verwaltungsrat) backing for a contract renewal beyond 2015. That’s no great surprise since the board is stuffed with family supporters.
But the Bavarian arts minister Wolfgang Heubisch has added his voice to the endorsement, saying the festival should remain in family hands – imagine, an elected politician who supports hereditary privilege and power. Looks like the half-sisters have got the politicians locked up.
And this after the silliest Ring cycle the stage has ever seen.