The Bayreuth Festival is the highlight of the German opera calendar. This year, Andris Nelsons has caused a stir by failing to honor his commitment to conduct Richard Wagner’s Parsifal.
With a successful staging, a spectacular re-casting, a difficult primadonna, and an overbooked conductor — it was a colorful season at the Bayreuth Festival.
The memory of one of Richard Wagner's grandsons and the longest serving theater director at the Bayreuth Festival — or likely anywhere else — is being held high in the year marking the 100th anniversary of his birth.
The festival steeped in tradition has announced generational change: In 2020, the "Ring" will be produced by an extremely young team. This year's staging of "Tannhäuser" is predicted to be opulent — and amusing.
A century ago, the opulent Ufa-Palast cinema opened in Weimar Berlin and became a venue for celebrated premieres — and later Nazi propaganda. Badly bombed, it was reborn as the Zoo Palast and remains a cinema icon.
Margaret Atwood's new novel, "The Testaments," takes readers back to the horrors of Gilead. But 34 years after "The Handmaid's Tale" was first published, is that world more fact than fiction today?
The Beethovenfest Bonn delights classical music fans. This year's motto is "Moonshine." We were at the performance of the 6th Symphony and spoke with conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and festival director Nike Wagner.
Even 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the subject has lost none of its topicality. "Walking Through Walls" in Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau is a contemporary response to the subject of confinement.
British voters, it seems, stay polite even when they are angry: A Yorkshire man who told the British prime minister to leave his town is hailed as a hero, leading to a top Twitter trend.
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