Monday, September 1, 2008

Two Wagners beat one

Half-sisters Katharina Wagner and Eva Wagner-Pasquier will succeed their father, Wolfgang, at the helm of the Bayreuth Festival, turning back a bid (or foiling a coup?) by Wolfgang's niece, Nike Wagner, and Gerard Mortier, incoming general director of the New York City Opera. The New York Times' Daniel J. Wakin sorts out the latest twist in this longest-running of opera soaps: