Breaking: who's been named for the bicentennial Bayreuth Ring?

The year after next is a big one for Bayreuth – 200 years since the birth of the saviour – oops, founder.

So the director who gets to stage the 2013 Ring will face all the sentimental scrutiny associated with major musical anniversaries.

It should have been Wim Wenders, but he couldn’t see eye to 3-D eye with Katie Wagner.

She announced his replacement this morning.

It’s Frank Castorf.

Frank who?

He’s been running the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxembourg-Platz in Berlin for almost 20 years and has a reputation for daring productions.

Outside German-speaking territory, he’s very little known.

© Thomas Aurin
This could be a sign of Katie’s Bayreuth turning narrow and inward-looking.

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