A sculpture of German composer Richard Wagner, designed by German artist Ottmar Hoerl, is seen outside the opera house in Bayreuth July 25, 2014. This year the world famous festival opens with Wagner's "Tannhaeuser" Opera. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
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The opening night Friday of the world-famous Bayreuth Festival, the month-long summer opera extravaganza dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner, was halted for nearly an hour due to a technical hitch.The festival's opening night is traditionally a glitzy affair attended by Germany's political and social elite, even if Chancellor Angela Merkel was absent this year for the first time in years.While tickets for the festival are notoriously difficult to come by, with waiting lists of 10 years and more, there is growing dissatisfaction with the artistic choices made by half-sisters Katharina and Eva.While the festival chiefs stood firmly behind Castorf last year, the outspoken director lashed out at Katharina and Eva in a magazine interview this week.This is the last year in which Katharina and Eva will be jointly in charge of the festival.Eva is retiring at the end of this year's event, leaving Katharina in sole charge.
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