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Sexism allegations overshadow Bayreuth Festival

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In fact, things went pretty well for the Bayreuth Festival. Corona made things whirlwind, but solutions were quickly found. But now, shortly before the start of the festival, allegations of sexism have become known. The Northern Bavarian Mail reports of physical attacks on women, insults and sexist slogans.

The report “very moved and actually surprised the festival management, because no information is known about possible attacks within the company,” festival spokesman Hubertus Herrmann of the agency said on Friday. release dpa. “We will immediately investigate the allegations and ask those involved to contact management directly.” He stressed, “No insults or physical aggression will be tolerated.”

Festival director Katharina Wagner was also affected

The mail reports that festival director Katharina Wagner herself was hit by an attack. “It’s true,” she told the newspaper. An anonymous “rather well-known contributor” allegedly grabbed her chest. “Horrified” she is what colleagues from the Festspielhaus would have experienced. She asks those concerned to contact her. You will then “react mercilessly”.

Other women are also quoted with their negative experiences: “Touchy touchy”, said one of the newspapers. “For some of us, it’s everyday life.”

Christian Thielemann criticized for his tone of voice

According to the newspaper, the festival’s former musical director, Christian Thielemann, was also criticized for his tone. He would have yelled at and insulted musicians – an accusation that the star chef vehemently rejects: “There is nothing to be done”, he told the dpa and referred to a “misunderstanding”.

All employees of the Festspielhaus should always wear masks to protect themselves from corona infection. “Sometimes you don’t understand what other people have said. I’ll be careful if I overhear something.”

allegedly misogynistic remarks

The courier also reports misogynistic comments and an email about the fact that there are two bass players in the orchestra. “One is enough,” he reportedly said. “There is no mail at all,” Thielemann told dpa. The atmosphere of the festival is excellent, underlines the conductor, who will conduct “Lohengrin” this year. He spoke of a “very harmonious, dreamlike work” and feared it would now be “forgotten” by reports of the allegations.

Start of the festival on Monday with “Tristan and Isolde”

The festival kicks off this Monday with a new production of “Tristan and Isolde” and it could be a show opera of superlatives as a new “Ring des Nibelungen” is also on the programme. After two years of the state of emergency in Corona, the festival, which lasts until September 1, is to take place again with (almost) full houses for the first time. 1,771 places are available, about 200 less than usual due to renovations.

With dpa material

Source www.br.de

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