With a power vaccum in the absene of Katharina Wagner, the board has replaced veteran chairman Toni Schmid with Bavaria’s former finance minister, Georg Freiherr von Waldenfels.
Schmid had been pullng the strings for so long at Bayreuth no-one can remember when he joined the board or how old he might be.
His successor, Waldenfels, has been on the board of the Society of Friends of Bayreuth since 1999. He is 75.
Bayreuth remains a closed shop, paid for by the state.