In brief, the letter - countersigned by all of the North American Societies, - makes the following points:
1 the long and close association with the Festival
2 that the Societies work promotes Wagner's works internationally
3 that they have always adhered to Bayreuth's policy in ticket allocation
3 their voluntary nature
4 the support, including financial, they offer young artists with a particular talent for Wagner
5 the direct financial donations most societies make to the Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth
To read the full text, and detailed commentary from the editor of the Wagner Blog, please click THIS LINK.
|What is it with Bayreuth and Y-Fronts?|
Yes, Bayreuth is important, but the large number of Wagner productions in Germany alone, never mind elsewhere - often with casts that consist of some of the finest Wagner artists in the world and with which Bayreuth seems unable to compete- may perhaps make the Festival far less important than the present "furore" would suggest.
Disclaimer: The Wagnerian is not a member of a Wagner Society and equally has no interest in acquiring a ticket to Bayreuth - at least for not some time.