The pianist and Wagner expert Stefan Mickisch, who used to give introductory lectures before the operas at Bayreuth, has been found dead in his home town of Schwandorf. He was 58 years old; no cause of death has been given.
Mikisch is survived by his wife, Carla Hernandez, whom he married two years ago.
He was banished from Bayreuth two months ago after referring to ‘Corona fascism’ and comparing Covid sceptics to anti-Hitler resistants.
UPDATE: He was about to take up a remote professorship at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, with a brief to popularise Wagner in Finland.