Frankfurter Allgemeine reports that Wolfgang Wagner will be resigning as head of the Bayreuther Festspiele at the tender age of 88.
Picking a successor is a bit more complicated as family relations in the Wagner clan have more in common with the conflicts and alliances involved in the Hundred Years’ War than with anything even remotely like 21st century artistic management.
And the real question is: If you want to attend a decent production of one of Opa Wagner’s works, where should you go? My hunch is that Bayreuth isn’t the centre of the Wagnerian Universe these days. That Wagner was a trailblazer in the development of the modern event economy is another matter.