23 Apr 2012

Denoke Bows Out of Bayreuth

Soprano Angela Denoke announced on Wednesday that she would not be appearing as Brünnhilde, one of the critically important roles, at the 2013 Bayreuth Festival Ring Cycle.

The newspaper accounts indicated that many Wagnerian fans were unhappy with the choice of Denoke for this monumental four-part epic.

Spokesperson of the Richard Wagner Festival, Peter Emmerich, confirmed the press accounts and commented that “Now someone has to be found who can take over that part. It will not be easy because next year Wagner will be played everywhere.”

The new Ring production will be staged by Frank Castorf and conducted by Kirill Petrenko. 2013 is the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Wagner and the Ring Cycle is expected to be central to the celebration.

Frank Cadenhead