No, let me read that again.
Reports of a free Lohengrin in Bayreuth brought to mind happy images of joyous liberators dunking that infernal white beast.
But a second reading of the German report turns out to be just another open-air family outing this afternoon of the old smoocher.
The performance, conducted by Andris Nelsons, drew a crowd of 40,000 on a sunny afternoon to watch the transmission on a 180 square metre screen. Broadcast relays, however, were marred by breakups. Siemens provided the sponsorship and hi-tech. Here’s a Hamburger Abendblatt report and picture.