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20 Jul 2006

'The only star here is dead',,1824738,00.html

Conductor Christian Thielemann tells Stephen Moss why the Bayreuth festival is unique

[The Guardian, 20 July 2006]

It is a blisteringly hot Sunday afternoon in Bayreuth. The Festspielhaus, the theatre Richard Wagner built to house his operas, squats in the sun. In a week or so, when the festival begins, it will teem with Wagner obsessives, fighting for tickets, but today it's just me and a middle-aged German couple out for a stroll, enjoying the calm before the storm.

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