What is a heldentenor, a heroic tenor? Former musical performer and celebrated Wagner interpreter Stephen Gould knows. He has already played Siegfried and Tristan at the Bayreuth Festival. Now, he's tackling Tannhäuser. We met him at the Green Hill.
During the rehearsal period before the Bayreuth Festival opening, DW talked with the world-class tenor. Having arrived at the summit of the art, he doesn't hesitate to reveal that it was a rocky road getting there.
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 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.
The Bayreuth Festival opens with Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser." Director Tobias Kratzer told DW how he sees the play as being more about artistic aspirations than the Romantic conflict between pure and profane love.
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