Richard Wagner is directly responsible for two important buildings in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth. The first is the Festspielhaus theatre, to which Wagner devotees and the German elite flock each summer for the Bayreuth festival. The second is Haus Wahnfried, in which the composer and his family lived (and where he is buried in the garden) and which has recently reopened as an extended museum.

Barrie Kosky is not the first director to have the idea of putting the two icons together by placing Wahnfried on the Festspielhaus stage, as he does in his new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, which opened the 2017 festival this week in front of an audience that included Angela Merkel.

Stefan Herheim did the same thing in his landmark 2008 production of Parsifal. But Kosky is the first to put Wagner himself on the stage as well. That’s because Kosky’s Meistersinger is not really about Nuremberg in the familiar sense…



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