Journalists pointed out Angela Merkel had worn her outfit to Bayreuth before. As usual no one pointed out that her husband Joachim Sauer has been wearing the same tuxedoes to Bayreuth for years. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Bayreuth without drama is like Wagner without Brünnhilde: possible but pointless. This year the biggest drama at the world’s most notorious music fest(...)

The knives came out again for the premiere yesterday of the new production of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle at Bayreuth.

Richard Wagner’s descendants are celebrating his bicentennial at Bayreuth in fine festival tradition: with a row. After cutting a birthday cake to the(...)