Reports: Andris Nelsons walks out of Bayreuth
June 30, 2016 by norman lebrecht
We’ve been hearing of tensions for the past two days at Bayreuth’s Parsifal, directed by Uwe Eric Laufenberg with a decidedly Islamist theme.
The conductor Andris Nelsons threatened to walk out on Monday.
Bayreuth slammed down the shutters and refused to take media calls. Frantic negotiations ensued.
It seems Andris finally called it quits today.
One apparent cause for his departure is interference by Bayreuth’s music director, Christian Thielemann.
UPDATE: It’s official.
UPDATE: Conductor comes last.
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