Every summer, Wagner fans from all over the world flock to Bayreuth. What's so special about the Richard Wagner Festival? It's not the music alone.
So far, it has been difficult to get a hold of documents of the renowned composer. But that will be much easier after the Wagner National Archive has been digitized.
An anti-Semitic letter from Hitler's favorite composer is being auctioned in Israel."Wagner would roll over in his grave" if he knew that a bearded Jew in Jerusalem would profit from his letter, the auctioneer said.
The stereotypical "German" actually reflects many Bavarian traditions. As the current political disputes between Angela Merkel and Horst Seehofer show, the southern German state has its own distinct identity.
There were no scandals, no family intrigue and no diva moments in Bayreuth, just an acclaimed "Mastersingers" premiere. But 2018 could get juicier, with Plácido Domingo waving the baton and a conductors' row to resolve.
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