What it will cost to save Bayreuth from demolition
January 17, 2012 By Norman Lebrecht
There’s been a rather tense meeting on the Green Hill of the Society of the Friends of Bayreuth. They have just found out that the main festival house is disintegrating. ‘Unless something happens soon, the building will fall down,’ said wolfgang Wagner, who, you might have thought, would have noticed the decay while he was still in charge.
They need 25 million Euros for refurbishment. My guess is that the Bavarian government will provide most of it, but do watch out for official looking letters with RW’s head on the front and a would-you-be-so-kind line inside.
The Society has commissioned – wait for it – a masterplan. From Die Meisterplanners, no doubt.