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Richard Wagner Festival: Angela Merkel visits Bayreuth

1 / 5 All in yellow green: Former Chancellor Angela Merkel is something of a permanent guest at the Richard Wagner Festival, and attended the opening together with her husband Joachim Sauer Temperatures around 30 Just over the red carpet. Chancellor Olaf Scholz, on the other hand, did not come.



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“Finally one of us”: This is what a fan commented when he was with Thomas Gottschalk discovered by his partner Karina Mroß. The entertainer grew up in nearby Kulmbach.



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Political meeting on the Green Hill:

Markus Söder (3rd from right) poses here the side of his wife Karin Baumueller-Söder together with the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, his wife Linda Rama and the Mayor of Bayreuth Thomas Ebersberger and his wife.


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Please smile – without a mask: Shortly after the couples arrived, the first performance followed: this year the festival begins with a new production of »Tristan und Isolde«. Director Katharina Wagner had called on the guests before the festival to protect themselves with masks. The corona infection numbers are still high in the region.

Photo: Daniel Karmann / dpa

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Shaking hands at a distance: Katharina Wagner herself wore mouth and nose protection to greet Angela Merkel. Body distance was already an issue a few days before the opening, albeit in a completely different way: several women had alleged that they had been touched at the festival. Wagner confirmed that she too was affected by sexual innuendos.

Photo: Daniel Löb / dpa

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