Aug 8, 2010
No stranger to controversy these days The Bayreuth Festival opened at the end of July with a new production of Lohengrin directed by one of the best-known Regietheater directors, Hans Neuenfels.
His tongue-in-cheek take on
Richard Wagner's most romantic opera involved
setting it in a land overrun by rats. There was laughter at the
Festspielhaus and there were loud boos as well. Ultimately,
over the years, the production became one of the most popular at
the Green Hill. I was very lucky to see it in the summer of
2012. That first summer, though, Jonas
Kaufmann played the title role. Soprano Annette
Dasch, along with Kaufmann, ignited opening night with
their passionate singing. She stayed with the production
throughout its run.