Israel Chamber Orchestra Conductor 'The Decision To Play Wagner in Bayreuth Was Unanimous'

The Israel Chamber Orchestra plans to play music by Richard Wagner, the composer revered by Hitler, during the annual Wagner Festival in Bayreuth next year. The move is controversial in Israel, where the composer's work has been shunned for decades.
Katharina Wagner (left), with her half-sister Eva Wagner-Pasquier with whom she shares directorship of the Bayreuth opera festival, has welcomed the Israel Chamber Orchestra's decision to play a piece by Richard Wagner during the 2011 festival.

Katharina Wagner (left), with her half-sister Eva Wagner-Pasquier with whom she shares directorship of the Bayreuth opera festival, has welcomed the Israel Chamber Orchestra's decision to play a piece by Richard Wagner during the 2011 festival.

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Interview conducted by David Crossland