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After withdrawing from the Bayreuth Wagner Festival last month following the appearance of a tattoo during a program broadcast on German television, Russian bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin now says the image was not a swastika.

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Dame Liz Forgan is to take over as the head of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO), after she leaves the Arts Council following Jeremy Hunt's shock move to force her out.

Yevgeny Nikitin was to play the star role in The Flying Dutchman at the Bayreuth Festival, but he resigned after being confronted by the festival's management for his Nazi tatoos

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Tel Aviv University refuses to host Wagner concert

Tel Aviv University has refused to host the first Wagner concert in Israel since the state's foundation on the grounds that it would "deeply hurt the feelings" of the public, including Holocaust survivors.

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French tenor Gilles Ragon performs during a rehearsal of Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner

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A seven-decade old cultural taboo will be broken next month when an Israeli symphony orchestra will play works by Richard Wagner inside the country for the first time since the state's foundation in 1948.

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