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Vincent Vargas is a foreign language teacher at a private school in New York City. He runs websites dedicated to Casablanca (www.vincasa.com) and Richard Wagner (www.wagneroperas.com).

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Samuel Youn to replace Nikitin

The Bayreuth Festival has announced that bass-baritone Samuel Youn will replace Yevgeny Nikitin in the title role of Der fliegende Holländer.  Nikitin made a quick exit out of the festival this weekend after a German TV program revealed that among the singer's plethora of tattoos he once had a swastika inked on his chest. 

Samuel Youn is a veteran at Bayreuth.  In 2005 he sang the role of Reinmar von Zweter in Philippe Arlaud's production of Tannhäuser, which was conducted by Christian Thielemann.  He was also in Christoph Schlingensief's notorious production of Parsifal conducted by Pierre Boulez.  This year Mr. Youn was to have a very light festival, singing only six performances of Hans Neuenfels controversial staging of Lohengrin.  With the addition of Holländer this brings the number of performances to twelve.  Let's hope that his voice holds out, and that he is able to fulfill his full commitment.

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