René Pape with Wotan´s Farewell accompanied by the NDR Sinfonieorchester conducted by Alan Gilbert:
In a German Radio interview yesterday René Pape confirmed he will sing Wotan in Berlin with Daniel Barenboim in 2010.
He was very vague about everything else, especially about Bayreuth, saying that "in principle he would not mind to return", but "there was nothing concrete on the table" and he was booked more that 5 years in advance for the major Wagnerian roles, however "everything depends on the new management" and "if he got the right offer with the right conductor and director he would probably accept" but "unfortunately the quality of recent years performances in Bayreuth has not been able to match that of the Berlin State Opera or the Metropolitan Opera". In short: A politically correct answer.
René Pape obviously cannot sing Wotan everywhere in 2013, and his first priorities will no doubt be with Barenboim in Berlin/La Scala and with the Metropolitan Opera. And he is completely right about the quality of recent Bayreuth performances. I see no reason why he would want to return there.
But it should first priority for the Bayreuth Festival management to get him there... together with a first-rate Ring conductor, which is the key factor.
Clips posted by Parsifal, on YouTube.