Russian conductor Kirill Petrenko takes Bayreuth by storm
BAYREUTH, Germany (AFP) - Russian conductor Kirill Petrenko received standing ovations at the end of the second instalment of Frank Castorf's new production of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle at the world-famous Bayreuth Festival on Saturday.
The 41-year-old maestro is making his debut in the legendary Festspielhaus theatre on the town's fabled Green Hill this season.
And he seems already to have won the hearts of the ultra-critical Wagnerians after just two nights, with his alert, transparent and sensitive reading of the composer's monumental score.
While the first part of the four-opera cycle, Rhinegold, was loudly booed and whistled at the premiere on Friday, the second part, The Valkyrie, was more generously received.