Bayreuth's Heir Apparent Booed at Berlin Debut

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Katharina Wagner, the young opera director and great-granddaughter of Richard Wagner, made her Berlin debut recently to a chorus of boos, Deutsche Welle reports.

A new production of Puccini's Il tritticodirected by the 27-year-old Wagner opened at Deutsche Oper Berlin on January 8. According to paper, the cast and the conductor were applauded at length on opening night, but Wagner was booed loudly.

The daughter of Wolfgang Wagner, the 86-year-old director of the Bayreuth Festival, Katharina Wagner is believed to be her father's pick to succeed him at the helm of the famed festival. She has directed four productions since making her directorial debut—at 22—in 2002, and is scheduled to direct at Bayreuth for the first time in 2007, leading Die Meistersinger von N‹rnberg.

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