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Germany opens taboo-shattering Wagner festival

BAYREUTH, Germany — Germany’s 100th Wagner opera festival kicked off here Monday in an edition that will include a taboo-busting performance by an Israeli orchestra. The annual tribute to the works of the 19th-century composer, a fervent anti-Semite who later inspired Nazi leaders, will include for the first time a…

Israeli Chamber Orchestra to perform at German Wagner festival

The Israel Chamber Orchestra is to play at Germany’s prestigious Bayreuth festival of Wagnerian music, in a rare breach of an Israeli taboo against performing the rabidly anti-Semitic composer’s work. “The orchestra will play at the opening of the festival,” Erella Talmi, the chairwoman of the orchestra’s board of directors,…