Music: Bayreuth Carries On

When old Richard Wagner was directing his music festivals at Bayreuth, he shut up the Festspielhaus every third season—which was only reasonable for a man who wanted time to write more operas. Under no such pressure, the composer's grandsons, Wieland and Wolfgang Wagner,* last week shattered another hallowed Bayreuth custom, opened their third Wagner Festival in three years with a new production of Lohengrin.

Again they swept the big stage clear of musty traditions (TIME, Aug. 4), but the innovations started fewer quarrels among old Wagnerites. Produced this time by younger brother Wolfgang, 34, who...

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