Nike Wagner's and Gerry Mortier's bid promptly shot down, Bayreuth falls in the hands of Eva & Katharina Wagner (last minute crazy bid by alleged illegitimate son of Wieland Wagner notwithstanding)
Andrew Patner sends a love letter to the man the two Aryan girls have chosen as "chief advisor", Christian Thielemann:
If Thielemann's advice is limited to the musical, this could all be fine as his work in Wagner, Pfitzner, and Richard Strauss is superb. But it's no secret that Thielamann's adoration and emulation of Richard Wagner extends well beyond artistic matters.
(Note to the sandbox: I know Thielemann and know these sides of him through personal conversation and experience.) We shall all have to see where all of this goes.
Opera Chic stands by her old idea, that, especially given the amount of money it costs the German government, it makes more sense to simply tear the place down and replace it with a Holocaust Museum.