The Israeli-American director is discussing ambivalence in a DW interview:
It may sound diplomatic, but honestly, I feel wonderful here. That difficult history was of course a terrible tragedy, and it affected my family as well. But it’s clear that people here are coming to terms with that history and probing ever deeper into it. That wonderful exhibition Silenced Voices just below the Festspielhaus for example, right next to the bust of Wagner. It portrays Jewish artists and theater personnel who once worked at the Bayreuth Festival and describes their fates. Every day I go by there and look at another one. I feel so honored to be able to stand on their shoulders and work here as an independent stage director without it being a major issue. My religion and heritage are irrelevant to my work anyway. It only comes up in conversation.
That’s not quite right.
When I was in Bayreuth, I was strongly assured by Festival staff that the Silenced Voices exhibition was put up by the town hall, and that the Wagners and the Festival had nothing to do with it.