Piotr Beczala: How Bayreuth messed up my castingmain
From an interview with the new Lohengrin:
The pre-history is quite complicated. I myself do not know all the details. I was in Bayreuth for four days in 2015 to rehearse incognito with Christian Thielemann. He persuaded me to take on the role. My debut in Dresden 2016 was intended as a kind of dress rehearsal for Bayreuth. Then everything changed – and I was not on the Bayreuth cast list. It was a bit mysterious. And I was very disappointed, because there was something niggling in the background.
What changed your mind now?
Beczala: It was a difficult birth. I said no for two days….
Read on here.