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Much Awaited

Bayreuth's 'Das Rheingold' previewed in Rome,
as experienced by GIUSEPPE PENNISI

 

These are the weeks when the 'perfect Wagnerians' -- as G B Shaw called them in a pamphlet full of irony -- scramble to get seats for the Summer Bayreuth Festival. The waiting list is seven years long but it is possible to short-cut this, either by means of the Wagner societies -- in many countries they buy books of tickets in advance -- or through specialized travel agencies, which normally charge a fifty per cent mark-up and require lodging in highly priced hotels.

In this small town in Northern Bavaria, next July and August, there will be a very special feast of music and memories because it is the apex of the worldwide celebrations of two hundred years since the composer's birth...

Copyright © 28 February 2013 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy

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RICHARD WAGNER

DAS RHEINGOLD

DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN

BAYREUTH

BAVARIA

GERMANY

HERMINE HASELBOECK

ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE DI SANTA CECILIA

ROME

ITALY

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