Bayreuth (dpa) – The role that conductor Christian Thielemann will play in the future at the Bayreuth Festival is still open. “Everything here is so dominated by Corona that we have deliberately postponed these decisions,” Thielemann told the German news agency.

Thielemann has ceased to be the music director of the world-famous festival since the start of the year. “I thought it was fair to say: personal sensitivities are not important, you have to see things pick up and the festival can end safely. Everyone will breathe a sigh of relief when this is done. Positions, titles and names are currently really secondary. “

Corona requirements such as daily participant testing are readily accepted. “We like to take it, nobody finds it boring.” It is much more important that cultural events are possible again. “Above all, our audience thirsts for these events.

This Tuesday August 10, Thielemann will conduct a concert of “Parsifal” at the Festspielhaus – without staging or stage interaction between the singers. “I have never conducted a concert in Bayreuth where the orchestra was seated in the ditch. The singers get married particularly well in Bayreuth when they’re not that far ahead, so that’s what I’m asking them now, “he said.

“Parsifal” is Thielemann’s only engagement at the festival this year. A year ago the festival was canceled due to Corona. In the coming year, Thielemann will conduct a “Lohengrin” cover. This year, “Lohengrin” was withdrawn from the program due to the strength of the choir, he said. Thielemann conducted “Parsifal” for the last time in 2001.

The 62-year-old is very closely linked to the Green Hill. He is only the second conductor after Felix Mottl (1856-1911), who also conducted Wagner’s ten operas performed in Bayreuth there. Although he said of the festival: “A life without Bayreuth is possible, but it would be much poorer. I have conducted 179 performances, and there will be more. “At the same time, however, he also stressed,” It wouldn’t be a bad thing to take a hiatus for a year. “

And even if Thielemann’s engagement as conductor of the Dresdner Staatskapelle ends in 2024, he shouldn’t be bored, as he assures us: “Looking back, I’m happy to be able to start a new chapter. Over the past few years, I have turned down many offers which I can now accept to a different extent. My schedule was full at such a rate – I have plans until 2027. It sounds crazy – but that’s how things are planned in this company. “