Tribute by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, to Wolfgang Wagner
With Wolfgang Wagner, grandson of the great composer Richard
Wagner, disappears the legendary director of the Bayreuth Festival.
It is a day of sadness and mourning for all Wagnerians through the
Wolfgang Wagner had devoted his life to bringing his grandfather’s work to life in
head of the Festival, which he directed for more than half a century. We owe him
to have had the audacity, in 1976, to entrust Pierre Boulez and
Patrice Chéreau the Centennial Ring, remained unforgettable. At the time when
the Paris Opera launches a new production of this great cycle, this
Disappearance is more sensitive than ever.
I would like to express my sincere condolences to Eva Wagner-Pasquier and
to Katharina Wagner, her two daughters, who recently took up the torch.
Better than anyone, they will keep alive the memory of this
European heritage, and renew it so that it
continues to be the “work of art of the future” desired by the composer.