Bayreuth’s next director is a MacArthur genius

The first American to direct an opera at Bayreuth has been named among this year’s recipients of a $625,000 MacArthur ‘genius award.

Yuval Sharon, 37, was called in to replace Alvis Hermanis at next summer’s Lohengrin, conducted by Christian Thielemann.

His closest conductor collaborations so far have been with Franz Welser-Möst in Cleveland and Gustavo Dudamel in LA.

The other MacArthur winners this year are listed here.


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    • That makes it double- triple worth while for
      Yuval Sharon to direct a Wagner Opera in Bayreuth. There are ignorant people out there who believe that Wagner and Hitler shared breakfast together. To remedy this dangerous stupidity check their date of birth and death. Or call
      Zubin Mehta: he will quickly cure you from your miserable disease!

  • Congratulations! He staged his first Wagner opera in Karlsruhe. You can watch his Die Walküre there on 29th of March, 6th or 31 of May 2018 conducted by Justin Brown our general music director. 

  • “Expanding how opera is performed and experienced through immersive, multisensory, and mobile productions that are infusing a new vitality into the genre.” he says.
    Can’t wait.
    Although almost anything is better than Hermanis.

  • What an irony-with Israeli roots , the country that forbid to play R.Wagner music Yval Sharon except position in town of famous anti-Semite.

  • Wish him all the success!
    I am convinced it will be great.
    I hope we will not hear “I am Lohengrin” as we heard recently “I am Aida! (sic).

    • ???
      Before Mr. Sharon, it was Barrie Kosky (also Jewish) and before Mr. Kosky, Uwe Eric Laufenberg in 2016, who isn’t Jewish but in no way a Nazi.

      • Alvis Hermanis is the man who got replaced by Yuval Sharon. And you can research for the reason behind this decision.

        • Hermanis’ views are well known and require no further research.
          Bayreuth however never signed a contract with Hermanis. They were engaged in talks and it never got past preliminary negotiations with him.
          Mr. Sharon has been the “official” choice for a year now.

  • Wagner was never a Nazi. I exlplained this in a previous comment. But for some strange , unknown reason my notes were never printed.

    • Wagner was never a Nazi because the party was founded after his death???
      Didn’t he greatly “inspire” the leading figure of the Nazi?
      And what about the other Wagners who were benefiter and complices of the Nazi?

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