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02 Sep 2008

Bayreuth Chooses 2 Wagners to Manage Festival

By DANIEL J. WAKIN [NY Times, 2 September 2008]

The guard has changed in Valhalla.

Two half-sisters, great-granddaughters of Richard Wagner, will jointly take the reins of the Bayreuth Festival dedicated to his music, officials announced on Monday, dashing an effort by a rival family branch working in concert with Gerard Mortier, the general director of New York City Opera.

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