Saturday, 2 February 2008

The Bayreuth Succession part 16: A new company, lost letters and the resignation of Gottfried Wagner´s leadership ambitions

Previous episodes of this Wagnerian docu-soap may be read here, and for new readers the background of this unique Wagnerian docu-soap is written up here.

Exerpts from Kurier:

Katharina Wagner and Wolfgang Wagner have jointly founded the "BF media GmBh" - (BF = Bayreuther Festspiele), a company with the purpose of "the commercial exploitation of rights and products in the field of performing arts, especially musical theater". [ehh..what?]
The laywer Stefan Müller explains that the company is funded 1) for tax reasons, but probably more importantly as a vehicle for 2) transferring economical risks for certain arrangements away from Wolfgang Wagner´s personal assets and to this fund. As an example of such activities, concerts in Tokyo by Bayreuth Festival participants were mentioned. With the new company, the enomic risks would now be transferred to the "BF Medien GmbH". The company's purpose has been deliberately broad in the outset, Mueller said in an interview with the Nordbayerischer Kurier. Concerts, internet, host games, and much more could come along. Katharina Wagner will be Chief executive. [Just another step on her way to cementate her position as the legitimate heir]

Gottfried Wagner (60) , son of Wolfgang Wagner claims that he is not interested in Bayreuth Festival Leadership [wise decision since he wouldn´t stand any chance of getting it should he be thus inclined...]

He is, however interested in the fate of the 278 letters of Winifried Wagner, which he claimed "his uncle and father manipulated and modified to get through the denazification process after the war" [probably true].
And that in the future the complete Festival Archives should be opened [agreed, but I fear it will never happen, and there are also quite a few letters in Munich which Winifried Wagner gave to a relative, that I´d very much like to see examined in public]

Apparently Gottfried Wagner has some kind of hausverbot on the Green Hill, but the interviewer didn´t succeed in finding out whether he was actually allowed to show up at this summer´s Festival or not [he probably doesn´t know it himself].

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