Three Music Festivals: Bayreuth, Munich, and Bregenz
Loney, Glenn, Western European Stages
German and even Austrian newspapers were teeming with large photos of immense black rats that surrounded powerless and hapless Elsa von Brabant. Even her nameless savior Lohengrin is buffeted about by ranks of black and even some white rats. Some opera critics suggested that these costumes and the entire production concept of director Hans Neuenfels might have been more appropriate to a show about the Pied Piper of Hamelin. I didn't see the premiere, so I missed the boos that Neuenfels harvested. At Bayreuth, the director and designers usually leave town as soon as possible after the opening - unless they were or are Wagners. Nonetheless, once I visually acclimated myself to the idea of …
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Publication information: Article title: Three Music Festivals: Bayreuth, Munich, and Bregenz. Contributors: Loney, Glenn - Author. Journal title: Western European Stages. Volume: 23. Issue: 1 Publication date: Winter 2011. Page number: 51+. © Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Fall 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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