A Wagner says Bayreuth could be better off without them

A member of the Wagner family has broken ranks to predict that the Festival would in future be better off in other hands.

Nike Wagner, head of the Weimar festival and a defeated party in the last family war, tells Bunte magazine: ‘One day they’ll get in external experts with lots of new ideas. That would be a good thing.’

Nike went on to say that the notion the family had to run the festival did not come from the composer. It was his widow Cosima who invented the hegemony.

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