The one Bayreuth rejected will work for Barenboim in Berlin

The one Bayreuth rejected will work for Barenboim in Berlin


norman lebrecht

March 29, 2016

The film director Wim Wenders was supposed to have staged the Wagner centennial Ring at Bayreuth in 2013. But he fell out with Katie two years earlier and nothing came of it.

Now, ‘after a long flirtation‘, Wenders has agreed to stage Bizet’s Pearl Fishers for Barenboim in Berlin next year.

He’s 70 years old and it will be his first opera.

wim wenders

A bit like Woody Allen in LA.



  • RW2013 says:

    WW as opera deb!
    About as superfluous as Frank Gehry’s “stage design” for Orfeo, Volker Schlöndorff’s House of the Dead, or Daniel Libeskind’s “production” of Saint Francois d’ Assise…..

  • Bruce says:

    I think “Wings of Desire” is the only movie of his I’ve seen, but it is also one of the most beautiful. If he doesn’t do that thing where a director decides the opera is actually about totalitarianism, or his own childhood potty-training issues, then it could be wonderful.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Is the Ring an entry level work for opera directors?

    • Peter says:

      These days, qualification and experience is a liability. The saturated “have seen it all” crave new exotic or bizarre interpretations, and they bet on the outsiders to satisfy them.