Just in: Gergiev’s out of Bayreuth

Valery Gergiev has dropped out of tonight’s Tannhäuser at a few hours’ notice due to ‘a bereavement in his inner family circle’.

Christian Thielemann steps in

Gergiev is due to conduct Simon Boccanegra in Salzburg in two days’ time.


UPDATE: Katharina Wagner’s announcement that Gergiev had been replaced by Thielemann was greeted with thunderous applause.


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  • The Netrebkos whizzing off to their Baku summer resort and Valery cancelling at very short notice (for whatever reason) – all this has a bitter aftertaste.

  • Why didn’t they bring in Kober?

    Thielemann (the Musikdirektor) as a replacement is rediculous.

    They must have been pretty desperate.

    • Since you asked, the person who died is Gergiev’s mother. Since you wondered, Thielemann was nearer than Kober on such short notice. Still think it’s “rediculous”?

      • I wasn’t asking who died.

        I was wondering why a conductor with devine status in Bayreuth is being used as a replacement.

        Nevertheless, it can be seen as a great gesture.

        Anything CT touches turns to gold.

        Even Tranhäuser in Gayreuth.

        • Despite his well-earned status in BT, one could view it as CT taking his position seriously and ensuring a first-class replacement.

          • His densely packed schedule is astonishing.

            Hope is doesn’t get a burn-out.

            (Wotans Abschied und Feuerzauber playing in the background)

        • “…and Valery cancelling at very short notice (for whatever reason)…” Rather not to comment, than comment in an disrespectful way and then trying to talk out of that. 🙁

  • Gergiev’s mother died this morning. Thielemann was simply nearer than Kober. Hope this sounds less “rediculous” now. Since you asked.

    But yes, there applause was thunderous when Katharina announced it, and even more thunderous at the end. No booing, including none for the production itself.

  • CT is such a bore. I slept through last year while he conducted T&I. Same with Parsifal.

    Kober is much better.

    He is a good symphonic but not opera conductor.

    • You are a true insider.

      I think our Anglo-Saxon friends who wish they could be proper Wagnerians simply can’t see through the ringmaster.

      He is a show-man, a smart aleck, and quite an arrogant narcissist.

      Ask Andris!

      Ask the Munich Philharmonic!

      Kober is quite the opposite.

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