Argentine-Israeli director Daniel Barenboim will not be able to take charge of the new The Ring of the Nibelung for health reasons and it will be the German Christian Thielemann who will direct the premiere of Richard Wagner’s tetralogy at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, the great opera house of the German city.
“I am tremendously sad that I will not be able to direct the new ‘Ring'”said Daniel Barenboim, in a statement released by the Berlin National Opera, of which the maestro has been musical director since 1992 and whose contract was recently extended until 2027.
The premiere of the new production, staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov, is scheduled for October, a few weeks before Barenboim’s 80th birthday celebrationwho in recent times has already had to cancel some galas due to vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels.
Daniel Baremboim is one of the most important musicians in world classical music. Photo EFE
Health, a priority
The teacher argues in the statement that his health is a “priority” issue and that you should concentrate on your full recovery before putting himself back before an orchestra.
The premiere of the production in October will be in charge of Christian Thielemann, while the following galas will be for Thomas Guggeis.
Thielemann is considered one of the most “wagnerian” batons of the moment and precisely this season he says goodbye to the Richard Wagner Opera Festival in Bayreuth for an indefinite period of time.
Thielemann was from 2015 to 2020 head baton of the Bavarian festival and right hand of its festival director, Katharina Wagner.
This season was recovered in Bayreuth for the last time a Lohengrin conducted by Thielemann, which was acclaimed with enthusiastic applause by the demanding Wagnerian audience.
The season had opened with some stirafter some German media echoed an alleged discomfort over Thielemann’s sexist and authoritarian behavior.
Daniel Barenboim, at the concert for peace, which he did to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Reuters Photo
The Master’s Last Moves
In March of this year, the Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim led a “concert for peace” with the Berlin State Opera and the State Orchestra of that city, to raise funds that were destined to provide humanitarian aid to Ukrainians, after the Russian invasion of that country. Specifically, they went to the UN Humanitarian Fund for Ukraine.
However, and in pursuit of the defense of art, Barenboim questioned in statements to the newspaper Berliner Morgenpost the cancellation of various artists for the sole fact of being Russianjust as it had been happening in various European theatres.
“I don’t think it’s good that Russian artists are automatically canceled in the West. Why? These are mostly people who have nothing to do with Putin and they don’t have a good opinion of him,” he said.
And he clarified: “Another thing is if they are enthusiastic artists of Putin who are not willing to distance themselves in this war situation, then I understand that they are not allowed to be among us.”
In this sense, Barenboim left no room for doubt about his position when describe the military intervention as “an inhuman act” in Ukraine by Russia.
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