What it will cost to save Bayreuth from demolition

There’s been a rather tense meeting on the Green Hill of the Society of the Friends of Bayreuth. They have just found out that the main festival house is disintegrating. ‘Unless something happens soon, the building will fall down,’ said Wolfgang Wagner before his death in 2010. You might have thought he would have noticed the decay while he was still in charge.

They need 25 million Euros for refurbishment. My guess is that the Bavarian government will provide most of it, but do watch out for official looking letters with RW’s head on the front and a would-you-be-so-kind line inside.

The Society has commissioned – wait for it – a masterplan. From Die Meisterplanners, no doubt.

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  • When did Wolfgang Wagner state that warning and when did that hit the news? He did almost two years ago (March 2012) and finally stepped down after the end of the 2008 festival.

  • Er, time to cosy back up to all those Wagner societies perhaps, who only just before Christmas were stripped of their preferential rights to tickets… Good joined-up management!

    By the way, does anyone know if the Society of the Friends of Bayreuth is also to be stripped of its members’ rights to tickets? Arguably it is a different case from the Wagner societies as the Freunde actually fund part of the Festival – and now may be asked to fund the refurbishment…

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