Bavarian Opera Lovers Are Faithful in the Face of Change

By ALAN RIDING [NY Times, 30 October 2006]
MUNICH, Oct. 28 óThis cityís love affair with opera, now more than 350 years old, has survived the fires that regularly razed 18th- and 19th-century theaters as well as regime changes, revolutions, two world wars and, most recently, the reduction of crucial subsidies from Bavariaís regional government. In that context a change of command at the Bavarian State Opera can hardly be deemed traumatic.