First pic of Bayreuth’s male Brünnhilde

This is the curtain call at the end of last night’s Götterdämmerung, the closing show of the season.

Catherine Foster hurt her foot at the end of the first act and her role was bravely played out on stage for the next two acts by assistant director Andreas Rosar, decked out in gold lamé.


photo: Erwin Messer/Bayreuth Festspiele

Next year, the role of Brünnhilde will be advertised as being open to men and women.

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  • I’m not so sure Norman, about the genre issue for Brunhilde…. but I’m sure that next Ring will be staged by Andreas Rosar…

  • In Australia the gender lobby has identified 26 separate, previously unrecognized genders, so I think anything works for Bayreuth if you look at it that way. (I’ve had a dull life!)

  • You have rather missed the point. Not everyone in the audience realised at first that the sub was a man, and in any case he wasn’t ask to sing, just to mime. He did very well, and it was an ingenious solution to the problem.

    • Yes! And I’m sure it was extremely convenient, because as an assistant director he already memorized all the staging. I’m not sure what the big deal is.

  • Assistant stepped in at the last minute to help the production continue. Foster had an accident during the Act 1 curtain call, and bravely decided to continue to sing the rest of the show from a wheelchair, clearly under lot of pain. Apart from few iditots, audience was delighted that Festival managed to find a solution to continue the performance and let us hear one of the best Brunnhildes of our time. Rosar’s performance was very decent and contained with no hints of a drag as some comments migth lead you to believe. Had there been no short large screen close up of his face, majority would not even notice Brunnhilde was played by a guy.

  • Andreas has also previously stood in for Robert Dean Smith during Act III of the Tristan dress in 2012. He’s a pro.

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