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Angela Merkel ‘collapses’ during interval at Bayreuth Festival

Mass-circulation daily Bild reported that Merkel had allegedly suffered a dizzy spell

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel allegedly fainted for a few minutes during the first interval of the opening opera at the prestigious Bayreuth Festival in southern Germany, local media reported.

Mass-circulation daily Bild reported that Merkel had allegedly suffered a dizzy spell during the first of two intervals during a brand-new production of Richard Wagner’s opera “Tristan and Isolde.”

The newspaper said Merkel had briefly fainted and slipped from her chair in a restaurant, but guests came to her aid.

It was two minutes before she felt able to get up again, the newspaper said.

Organizers were not immediately available to confirm the information, AFP reported.

The Bayreuth Festival is one of the highlights in Germany’s cultural calendar and Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer have been regular guests for many years.

A long list of government ministers and regional and local politicians from the southern state of Bavaria also attended.

Tickets for Bayreuth are still among the hardest to come by in the world of opera and classical music, with the waiting list stretching to as many as 13 or 14 years for some productions.

This year marks the 150th anniversary since “Tristan and Isolde” had its world premiere. Katharina Wagner, Wagner’s great granddaughter, directed the 11th production of the work at the Bayreuth Festival.

The Bayreuth Festival runs until August 28 with 30 performances of seven different operas -- “Tristan and Isolde,” “Lohengrin,” “The Flying Dutchman” and the “Ring” comprising “Rhinegold,” “The Valkyrie,” “Siegfried” and “Twilight of the Gods.”

[With AFP]