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Pablo Heras-Casado opens the Bayreuth Festival 2023 with “Parsifal”

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The director Pablo Heras-Casado, next to the Royal Theater in Madrid, on February 22nd.Claudio Alvarez

The curtain for 2022 has not yet opened on the Bayreuth hill – it will on Monday Tristan and Iseult— and we already know who will open the event a year later. It will be the Spanish director Pablo Heras-married, placed in front of the festival orchestra under its covered orchestra pit to perform Parzivalthe last track composed by Richard Wagner.

“This is the most important news in my career so far,” assured Heras-Casado when the decision was announced this Saturday. It is the second time a Spaniard has directed the festival since it opened in 1876 Placido Domingo, in the summer of 2018 when he offered his version of The Valkyrie. The director of the festival, Catherine WagnerHe has now placed his trust in the Andalusian, although he is not yet considered an expert in the repertoire. Nonetheless, Heras-Casado has traveled the Wagnerian world for the past five years, particularly at the Teatro Real, where he has directed The Flying Dutchman and has taken up the challenge of the tetralogy of The Ring of the Nibelungwhich culminated in last season The sunset of the gods.

In the past few seasons, Katharina Wagner decided on a determined renewal of the staff in Bayreuth. This year the Finn Pietari Inkenin returns with the four operas of The ring, and the German Cornelius Meister Tristan and Iseult. Both are 42 years old, but the big novelty will be the integration of the Ukrainian Oksana Lyniv, 44 The Flying Dutchman. It must be said that in the Lyniv case there is no trace of opportunism. It was a bet made by the director of the festival before the war that is being waged in her country.

Heras-Casado, 44, is united by the connection between the generations that Katharina Wagner is looking for as a substitute in the world that she leads from Bayreuth. On the other hand, he follows the tradition of searching for universal talents in order to systematically regenerate the impressive and revolutionary artistic legacy of his great-grandfather. And she faces it with renewed vigour, after the coronary problems she had in 2020, which raised fears for her life after suffering a coma that kept her in intensive care for five weeks.

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