News reports: Wagner goes to Israel

News reports: Wagner goes to Israel


norman lebrecht

October 05, 2010

Katharina Wagner, co-director of the Bayreuth Festival, plans to visit Israel next week. She intends to sign up the Israel Chamber Orchestra to perform at the Wagner shrine next summer, according to an orchestra spokesperson. Bayreuth has yet to confirm.

Katharina was openly angling for an invitation to Israel in an interview she gave last month to the Tel Aviv newspaper Yediot Aharonot. Bayreuth has much to gain from reconciliation and Israel may be more inclined to deal with a new generation of Wagners, one that had no hand in the active promotion of Nazism.

Nevertheless, whichever way you look at it, the rapprochement is a crude piece of real-politik, equally cynical on both sides.