Bayreuth poaches a bloke called Bauch

The backstage crisis is over.

Having got rid of her distinguished technical director and his deputy, Katherine the Great Wagner has hired Christoph Bauch, technical director at the enterprising Theater an der Wien. It’s the lure of Bayreuth: they cannot resist a call from the Green Hill.

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  • The opening night of the 2014 season of the Bayreuth Festival was disrupted by a technical breakdown that resulted in a one-hour delay. The singers tried to continue but the curtain had to be brought down on them. Since it was opening night, the house was full of dignitaries and big funders. Heads were bound to roll.

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