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Two Passions at Once

Those who know me, know that I am an avid enthusiast of Richard Wagner’s theatre works.  This year alone I have attended a Ring Cycle in Washington, a performance of Das Rheingold in Chicago, a new productions of Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera, another Tristan at the English National Opera in London, and a performance of Die Meistersinger at the Glyndebourne Festival in England.

I was lurking around the web site of the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth tonight, nursing my disappointment that I apparently have yet again been unsuccessful in my ticket application (last time I attended was 2012, c’mon, guys, my turn…) when I noticed the legend “ODR” on the top banner of the tickets web page.  And behold, the following is posted:

The Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH draws attention to the link to the online platform of the European Commission for Online Dispute Resolution (so-called Odr platform) for out of court settlement, which is set on the homepage of the Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH; furthermore, attention is drawn to the fact that the Platform for Online Dispute Resolution – according to its own statement – will not be operational until 15/02/2016.

The e-mail of the Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH is as follows:

Now how cool is that?  Here I am wasting time whinging because I won’t have the opportunity to spend money I don’t have seeing operas I already know, and I am unexpectedly treated to Colin-Rule-In-A-Can!

Does life get any more coherent than this, I ask you?


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