French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez is to return to Bayreuth in 2004 after a period of more than 20 years to conduct a new production of Richard Wagner's last opera, Parsifal, the management of the Bayreuth Festival announced Thursday.
Boulez, one of the leading figures in contemporary French music, will be in the pit for a new production of Parsifal, to be directed by 40-year-old Austrian director Martin Kusej, the Bayreuth Festival said in a statement.
The staging will be designed by Martin Zehetgruber, a close associate of Kusej.
Boulez, 76, conducted Parsifal in Bayreuth between 1966 and 1970 and directed the ground-breaking production of Wagner's mammoth Ring Cycle by fellow Frenchman Patrice Chereau from 1976 until 1980.
Kusej, who lives in Hamburg, has made a name for himself in music theatre with productions of Beethoven's only opera Fidelio and Purcell's King Arthur in the award-winning Stuttgart opera house -- AFP
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