Wagner descendant heads a music fest for Beethoven, not Bayreuth

November 11, 2014 1:15 PM

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Nike Wagner suffered a bitter defeat in a family power struggle over Germany's Bayreuth Festival, which is dedicated to the operas of her great-grandfather, Richard Wagner. But she is back on the European classical music scene, with a festival devoted to a different composer: Ludwig van Beethoven.

The move gives her a much more sympathetic musical genius to plan a festival around.

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