Bayreuth Festival Announces Return of Two Conductors in Coming Seasons

By David Salazar
(Photo by Pablo Faccinetto)

Katharina Wagner has announced that conductors Semyon Bychkov and Daniele Gatti will be making their returns to the Bayreuth Festival in the coming years.

In an official release, the director of the famed institution noted that Gatti would be returning in 2025 to lead a production “Die Meistersinger” while Bychkov would lead a new “Tristan und Isolde” in 2024. He most recently led a revival of “Parsifal” in 2019.

Gatti has had lots of ups and downs over the past few seasons. He was accused of sexual misconduct in 2018 and was promptly fired from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. However, later that year, he was appointed Music Director of the Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma and then named music director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2021. Earlier this summer, he was named the new chief conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. In a report by BR Klassik, Wagner pointed to this latest appointment as a sign that there was nothing to worry about with regards Gatti and that allegations have been “thoroughly processed.”

Moreover, Wagner indicated that Nathalie Stutzmann would take over a revival of “Tannhäuser” next season while Pablo Heras-Casado would lead a new “Parsifal” in 2023.