24 Mar 2010
Wolfgang Wagner, Director of Bayreuth, Is Dead at 90
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Margalit Fox [NY Times, 23 March 2010]
Wolfgang Wagner, an opera director and impresario who for more than half a century ran Bayreuth, the international music festival conceived by his grandfather, Richard Wagner — and known most recently for the dynastic power struggle that was more toweringly operatic than anything the senior Mr. Wagner could have written — died on Sunday in Bayreuth, in southern Germany. He was 90.