Wagner birthday "Ring" booed: will clan go up in smoke?

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Sculptures of German composer Richard Wagner are seen outside the Green Hill opera house in BayreuthBy Michael Roddy BAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) – Richard Wagner made hand grenades for the 1849 Dresden uprising, so maybe he would have cheered the tumultuous end of his 200th birthday "Ring" cycle in Bayreuth, a production that has raised questions over his heirs running the festival. A thunderous chorus of boos and hisses, competing with cheers for the singers, conductor and orchestra, greeted the final curtain on Wednesday night of a new staging of the 17-hour-long, four-opera cycle by radical Berlin theatre director Frank Castorf. …