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.
The Richard Wagner Festival winds down the season on August 28 with a performance of "Götterdämmerung" (Twilight of the Gods), the fourth opera in the cyle "The Ring of the Nibelung." In this final season of the controversial multimedia production by Frank Castorf, the audience response has been positive. Despite relishing a good scandal, the German theater provocateur took 15 minutes of warm ovations in stride.