Another Wagner goes

Another Wagner goes


norman lebrecht

May 05, 2020

The Beethven Festival in Bonn has announced a successor to Nike Wagner, 74, who will step down in October 2021.

The new chief is Steven Walter, 34, a German-American cellist who runs a festival in Esslingen.

With the exit of Nike from Bonn and her cousin Katharina from Bayreuth, we may see the beginning of the end of the Wagner family saga.



  • yujafan says:

    This is keeping Gotterdammerung in the family, the end of a saga once and for all. The decline and fall of the House of Wagner – your next book, perhaps, Norman?

  • A.L. says:

    And who or what is preventing Nike or Eva Wagner from taking over Bayreuth?

    • Ron Swanson says:

      Why do you think 2 people in their mid 70s aren’t going take over at Bayreuth. There are several Wagners in the 40s from that side of the family.