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Von Trier to Stage ‘Ring’ Operas

October 18, 2001

BERLIN (AP) _ Danish film director Lars von Trier will stage Richard Wagner’s four ``Ring″ operas at the world-renowned Bayreuth festival in 2006, the festival announced.

Von Trier agreed to direct the operas after discussions with festival director Wolfgang Wagner and Christian Thielemann, already named to conduct the ``Ring″ cycle that year at the annual event in the Bavarian town.

The director attended performances of the operas at this summer’s festival and has ``a particular affinity and artistic relation with this work,″ Wagner said Wednesday.

Von Trier’s films include ``Breaking the Waves″ and ``Dancer in the Dark.″

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